Dec 5, 2019
Kevin Cole is a geologist and astronomer who loves looking at what makes up our planet, and the planets all around us. When we study rocks from our planet Earth, sometimes we find answers to the questions within our universe! Beth never knew rocks could provide so much information, until she talked to Kevin.
“Plate tectonics has pretty much
changed the entire way we’ve looked at our planet Earth. I tell my
students, ‘if you really want to take a look at really an alien
world, go back in time about 300 million years ago and look at the
Earth, you won’t recognize it’ .” – Kevin Cole on the Casual Space
About Kevin Cole: Kevin is an assistant professor of geology and astronomy, and current department chair of the Department of Physical Sciences at Harper College in Palatine, IL. In 1992 he completed his MS degree in Geology from the Univ of Ill-Chgo (UIC) modeling the paleohydraulic characteristics that formed the massive channels on Mars’ surface called outflow channels. Prior to becoming a science educator, he participated in the analysis and classification of meteorites from all over the world, especially from Africa and the Antarctic while working with the Planetary Studies Foundation; and researched many types of advanced planetary mission concepts (manned and robotic) for NASA while at Science Applications International Corp, Space Sciences Division.
In 1998, he received a NASA/JPL fellowship award as part of the Solar System Educator Program, focusing on education and public outreach for the Galileo Europa Mission, an extension of the Galileo Mission at Jupiter. Subsequent missions in which he served in this capacity included the Deep Impact Mission to comet Temple1, and the STARDUST Mission to comet Wild2.
Experience the inspiration from a LIVE program at Harper College: https://www.harpercollege.edu/observatory/index.php
Read more about the solar system here https://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/index.html