The subject of my thesis is to characterise rock masses while drilling using MWD (Measure While Drilling) techniques and apply to blasting design and milling processes.
My interest in astronomy comes from my childhood, when I used to lay down in the soccer field (I am Brazilian) in summer and gaze at the shooting stars and the first satellites we used to watch with owe. The mystery and grandeur of the sky above charmed me and since then I have been glued to the space adventure pioneered by NASA. Fortunately, my passion by astronomy was nurtured with the great boom in the space projects in the 60s. The sheer excitement of just reading about these projects will never fade in my memory. The culmination 1969 "small step" to the Moon put a sort of dent "before and after" the golden years of NASA budgets.
With the Internet facilities of the 90s I had a chance to be involved more closely with NASA education programs.
I am a member of the Planetary Society. In spite of thinking we will never meet any other "intelligent civilisation" (the universe is too much big and our sampling time too much short) I use the spare time of my computer at home for the SETI program. At least we try. I believe if there is any chance to be in contact with other intelligent civilisation this will be through radio, no doubt about it.
I am married with my lovely wife Isabel and we are having a great time here in Australia.