Operation DeepFreeze: Exploring Antarctica
Explore the Frozen Continent from the comfort of a warm bar stool. Retired U.S. Navy Captain, Dave Baker, will share his experiences as a volunteer member of the team that built the first American bases in Antarctica from 1955 to '58 and his return trip in 2004 aboard the MS National Geographic Endeavor. His narration and pictures are a rare combination of adventure, science, scenery and history. We will learn about why explorers have gone to Antarctica, what we have learned there, and a bit about the men and women who have given their lives to exploration and science.
During his time with Operation DeepFreeze, Dave was the Survival Training and Para-rescue Officer and Dog Sled Driver at McMurdo Base. Following his Antarctic adventure, Dave traveled to sunny Pensacola, Florida where he taught survival, aviation science and inflight physiology in the U. S. Naval Aviation Training Command. Later, as a Naval Intelligence Officer, Dave was introduced to the wonders of computers and served as the Officer-in Charge of the Integrated Operations Intelligence System on the USS Enterprise, the Navy’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
Into the Depths: The Oregon Caves
Hear stories about the mysterious wonders beyond the reach of the sun. Get a sense of the beauty and find out about the science of the Oregon Caves with a ranger. Get the scoop on the lesser known adventures and discoveries lying deeper in the depths beyond the lighted cave trail. Find your park, a cave park, and the science and adventure awaiting you at the Oregon Caves National Monument.
Two Guys From Medford Fly NASA's SOFIA
NASA and the German Space Agency operate the world’s largest flying observatory called SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy). Local astronomy enthusiasts Robert Black and Dave Bloomsness spent over 20 hours observing star formation and star destruction as part of NASA’s “Airborne Astronomy Ambassador” Program. Come hear about Robert and Dave’s great adventure.
Robert Black is the Planetarium Director / Astronomy Teacher at North Medford High School from 2002-present. He is a 27 year veteran public school science teacher, 19 in Oregon.
Dave Bloomsness has been an Amateur Astronomer for 30 years. He's been a member of the Southern Oregon Skywatchers since their 2nd meeting in the early 1990's. Over the last 12 years he has spent countless volunteer hours helping Robert Black mentor NMHS Senior Students with their Astronomy based Senior Projects.