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Summer Visit - 2017 - SIRXS-DEEP

The summer visit to Caltech is 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.

The SIRXS-DEEP team came to visit in June 2017. The core team educators attended, plus 8 students.


  • [student:] I did not anticipate was how fun it was, I was expecting something very serious.
  • [student:] The most surprising thing I learned was that astronomy involves lots of chemistry which wasn't obvious when you first think about astronomy.
  • The work that we did could not have been done on line. The interaction as we discussed all facets of the project would have been difficult to coordinate on-line.
  • I know that I learned a great deal more by being together with the team at Caltech than I could have remotely. The bonding that took place among our team could only have happened by being together.
  • [student:] After this trip, I really do look at astronomy differently. Before I honestly did not think it was this complex and interesting. I know now that it takes a lot of time and knowledge to be a good astronomers.

Summer Visit - 2017 - SIRXS-DEEP