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Les Hastings
 

     
 

Ambassador Since 2006

 
   
Stevenson, Washington 98648
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Biographical Information:

 

 
Photo of Ambassador Les Hastings Les Hastings is a retired high school math and science teacher. As far back as he can remember he has been interested in identifying sky objects and how they fit into the scheme of things.

Early in his teaching career, Les introduced astronomy to his high school curriculum. Later, with the help of a grant, Les and another math teacher organized a space science class. They used the Galileo spacecraft as the theme that connected several years of classes together following the Galileo project from conception to the final crash down.

One of the highlights in his life was the viewing of the Supernova 1987A. It was only visible in the southern hemisphere, and he just happened to be teaching astronomy to a high school class in Australia as an exchange teacher.

Supernova 1987A was the first one visible to the naked eye since 1604, when Johannes Kepler discovered one in Ophiuchus. The current supernova was in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Sometimes great teaching moments fall right out of the sky.
 

 

Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

 
   
Current NASA Events
Skamania Lodge

NASA 50 Years and Beyond
Stevenson Community Library

NASA update
Stevenson High School

NASA/JPL/Gorge Skies Presentation
Skamania Lodge

Gorge Skies/NASA Update
Skamania Lodge

 
 

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