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NASA Marshall Meteor Experts to Answer Reddit Questions Online

Dr. Bill Cooke is the lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office. Credit: NASA

NASA meteor and fireball experts Dr. Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw will answer questions on Reddit.com beginning at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, March 6, on the Reddit “IAmA” forum.

Reddit is a popular online community where users vote on content they find interesting. The “Ask Me Anything” sub-forum features interviews with volunteers who answer questions about their specific expertise.

Anyone may ask questions beginning at 1 p.m. CST at:

Cooke, the lead of the NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, specializes in studying the meteoroid environment and its effects on space vehicles of all sorts. Cooke came to work at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as a member of the Space Environments Team in 1994. When not occupied with meteor observations and shower forecasts, he builds model rockets and is a mentor for the Team America Rocketry Challenge and other amateur rocketry projects.

Rhiannon Blaauw works at NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office with Dr. Bill Cooke. Credit: NASA

Moser has been working in the Space Environments Team at Marshall for more than 10 years and has supported the NASA meteor environments team since its inception in late 2004. Her work includes modeling meteor showers, analyzing lunar meteoroid impact data and managing the cameras for the NASA All Sky Fireball Network.

Blaauw has more than three years experience with the Meteoroid Environment Office and came to Marshall from the University of Western Ontario in Ontario, Canada. During her master’s studies, she gained experience in meteor physics working with data from a meteor radar. She enjoys the diversity of her projects, which include analyzing automated meteor fluxes from optical detectors, managing wide-field meteor cameras and comet monitoring.

Cooke, Moser and Blaauw will make exciting subjects for an “Ask Me Anything” due to their extensive and diverse skywatching expertise.

For the live link to the Reddit Ask Me Anything, come back here just a few minutes before 1 p.m. CST on March 6.


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