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Dawn Space Mission leaders offer presentation at Sun Mountain

Dawn Space Mission leaders offer presentation at Sun Mountain

An international gathering of scientists involved in NASA’s Dawn Space Mission will convene at Sun Mountain Lodge next week, and two leaders of the space mission will give a public presentation about the spacecraft and its discoveries. The free lecture at 7 p.m. at Sun Mountain Lodge will feature Tom McCord, director of the Bear Fight...
Let’s be grateful for services the Methow Valley enjoys

Let’s be grateful for services the Methow Valley enjoys

By Thomas B. McCord While sitting in the dentist’s chair in Winthrop one afternoon “enjoying” for the nth time the expertise of my local dentist, it dawned on me that, in this urban-wilderness interface that is the Methow Valley, we are very fortunate to have such experienced and personalized services. I recalled a prior experience,...
Bear Fight Institute selected to be part of NASA mission to Europa

Bear Fight Institute selected to be part of NASA mission to Europa

The Bear Fight Institute and director Thomas McCord have been selected to participate in NASA’s planned mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. The mission will conduct detailed reconnaissance of Europa, investigating a liquid water ocean below Europa’s thin icy crust to determine whether it might be suitable for some forms …
A half-century of space exploration

A half-century of space exploration

McCord reflects on a career of ‘mounting expeditions like Lewis and Clark’    By ANN McCREARY Planetary scientist Thomas McCord of Winthrop says he’s “lucky” to have entered the world of space science when he did, nearly 50 years ago. The past five decades have been an era of pioneering exploration and discoveries, and McCord...
McCord awarded NASA Public Service Medal

McCord awarded NASA Public Service Medal

Thomas McCord, director of the Bear Fight Institute outside of Winthrop, will be in rare company Thursday (July 18) when he receives NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal in a ceremony at the space agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. “The medal is NASA’s highest form of recognition awarded to any non-government individual whose distinguished service, ability, or...

Bear Fight researcher publishes study of volcanic activity on Io

By ANN McCREARY A researcher affiliated with Bear Fight Institute, a NASA-funded planetary science center in the hills above Winthrop, has led a team of researchers in a recently published study about volcanic activity on Io, a moon of Jupiter. Glenn Veeder said Io caught researchers’ attention because infrared images and other data collected by...
Local scientists instrumental in discovery of water on the moon

Local scientists instrumental in discovery of water on the moon

Dec. 30, 2009 By JOYCE CAMPBELL When India’s lunar satellite Chandrayaan-1 began transmitting data back to Earth early this year, a team of scientists in the Methow Valley set about investigating the images and made a discovery that would change the world’s perception of the moon. The scientists at the Bear Fight Center, in the...