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From Blandford to NASA: Alumnus returns to share success story
From Blandford to NASA: Alumnus returns to share success story

An alumnus of the Blandford Environmental Education Program who now works with NASA will return to West Michigan August 9-10.

 Dr. James Ashley has earned three degrees in planetary sciences and is currently working on two NASA missions: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Exploration Rovers.

He largely attributes his success to attending Blandford Environmental Education Program during sixth grade.

“I’ve always considered my sixth-grade experience at Blandford to be the single most influential part of my training as a scientist and, perhaps, even as a human being,” says Ashley, who attended in 1974-75.

 Ashley will present his work next month during the Blandford program’s 40th anniversary celebration and reunion.  The weekend long event will also include archery and hiking opportunities and trips to Lake Michigan and Nordhouse Dunes.

Tickets to the celebration are required.  For more information, visit blandfordbeeps.org.