Around mid-September of 1999 I received an e-mail asking if I would be interested in participating in a NASA/Air Force mission to study the Leonid meteor shower during November of 1999. By the end of the month I was told I would be joining 38 other scientists to fly on the Leonid MAC 99 mission. What follows below is an account of my experience.
The Leonid MAC
My ID badge photo taken at Edwards AFB for mission
Leonid MAC 1999
Day 1: Getting from St. Louis to San Francisco to Burbank to Lancaster
Day 2: Edwards Air Force Base
Day 3: We're Off!
Day 4: The First Test and Arrival at RAF Mildenhall
Day 5: Cambridge and Final Equipment Tests
Day 6: Relaxing Before the First Mission Night
Day 7: First Mission Night and Tel Aviv
Day 8: The Primary Mission Night and the Azores
Day 9: The Final Mission Night and Florida
Day 10: Journey Back to Edwards AFB and San Francisco
Day 11: Going Home