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Masursky, Harold, 1922-1990
Oral history interview with Harold Masursky, 1987 June 18, 1987 June 19 and 1988 September 8.
Covers his education and career through the early 1970s. Youth in Fort Wayne, Indiana; education at Yale University in early 1940s; war-time involvement with Army Corps of Engineers; graduate work at Yale; early career with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Other topics include: his geological field studies in the American Southwest; the Atomic Energy Commission-sponsored surveys for uranium deposits; initial involvement in lunar and planetary geology; the development of astrogeological studies within the USGS and NASA; Yale's Department of Geology; his mapping of the Red Desert, Wyoming; AEC nuclear explosion crater studies; Lick Observatory lunar mapping project; and the founding of astrogeological research within the USGS. Includes recollections of Falmouth summer study on Apollo, 1965; arguments over methodologies for lunar science; research on terrestrial meteorite craters; laboratory studies of high velocity impacts; and involvement in geologic training for astronauts, 1960. Also, impressions of Soviet science; involvement in Mariners 4, 6, 7, and 9; appointment as leader of imaging team of Mariner 9; becomes Branch Chief of Flagstaff branch of U.S. Geological Survey, early 1970s.
Died 1990.
Masursky, Harold, 1922-1990
Geological Survey (U.S.)
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Yale University. Dept. of Geology. -- Study and teaching.
Apollo (Spacecraft).
Astrogeology -- Research.
Astronautics in earth sciences.
Geology -- Field work.
Geological mapping. -- Red Desert (Wyo.)
Lunar geology.
Mariner (Spacecraft)
Meteorite craters -- Research.
Moon -- Maps.
Nuclear excavation.
Planets -- Geology.
Uranium ores -- Geology.
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Doel, Ronald Edmund interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA