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Summer Visit - 2011 - TRS 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, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

Team Red Shift came to visit in August 2011. The team's core educators plus 5 students attended.


  • When I presented the project to my School Board, they were really excited about the research and that I would be involving students the entire way.
  • We actually downloaded data, analyzed it, charted it, and then potentially found our first galaxy cluster. What an incredible feeling to be right there at the edge of discovery!
  • I was really surprised by how much astronomers need to know about writing programs and fixing software when it doesn't 'play nice'. I think this more than anything else surprised me about what real astronomy is and what it is about.
  • It was very apparent to me that we did "real astronomy" all week and all year for that matter.
  • ...the best part about the trip was working for four straight days on a concept that few people either understand or are passionate about. [..] It was really rejuvenating to come out here and dive into actual astronomical research.

Summer Visit - 2011 - TRS team