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Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team

The summer visit to Caltech is 3-4 days long and is the only time during the year of work when all the participants on the team come together in person to work intensively on the data. Generally, each educator may bring up to two students to the summer visit that are paid for by NITARP, and they may raise funds to bring two more. The teams work at Caltech; the summer visit typically includes a half-day tour of JPL. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The BRC team came to visit in June 2011. The team's core educators attended, along with 10 students. IPAC staff member Mark Legassie also assisted.


  • I used to think astronomy was about looking, and identifying the stars in constellations. I never thought I would be using a [computer] program like APT or DS9.
  • [student,in response to "most important or interesting thing you learned":] I also never knew about the great observatories. The only one I knew about was Hubble; now I know the 4 telescopes in space.
  • [student:]...getting to do the research with students around the country was a once in a life time opportunity and I'm glad I got the chance to be a part of it.
  • Real astronomy requires patience, persistence, and an imagination.
  • [student:] The size of the catalogs that we created, and/or, contributed to was immense. I always knew that there was a large amount of work that goes into astronomy and research, but I was astonished by just how much.

Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team