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Summer Visit - 2010 - LDM 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 Luminous Data Miners team came to Caltech in July 2010.


  • [student:] This was a different kind of work to me because we are working in a team that is spread all over the US, which makes the work a little more challenging but also very interesting
  • Real astronomy to me is working in a team. [...]But very important for "real astronomy" is that there is no ending.
  • [The most important thing I learned was that] You have to double check everything you do always, because one slight mistake can throw everything off.
  • [The best thing about the trip was] working as a group and sharing the excitement of science.
  • Astronomy is an art. There is no obviously right answer, as in math, but instead more and less logical interpretations. Robots can therefore only work as data collectors, not data analyzers, for astronomy.

Summer Visit - 2010 - LDM team