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Photon Sail History, Engineering, and Mission Analysis.

  • M. A., Gundersen
SETI Institute


During the last year the major activity of the Communicating Science and Engineering project involved the third workshop (Catalyst Workshop) planned through the American Film Institute with the participation of colleagues in the industry, and with assistance from media experts at the National Academy. This workshop had the goals of (1) providing scientists and engineers with an opportunity to learn about the film industry and to enhance their science-oriented script writing skills (in order to involve more scientists and engineers in the creative process), and (2) providing data and learning for the project about approaches to professional activities in this area of research (the unique nature of the project presents planning difficulties because of the lack of a knowledge base or established research community to draw from). The Catalyst Workshop was held in August. Studies of the educational aspects of the project, in terms of impact, are reported.

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