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Masursky, Harold, 1922-
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-
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Yale University. Dept. of Geology. -- Study and teaching.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Astrogeology -- Research.
Astronautics in earth sciences.
Geology -- Field work.
Geological mapping. -- Red Desert (Wyo.)
Lunar geology.
Meteorite craters -- Research.
Moon -- Maps.
Nuclear excavation.
Planets -- Geology.
Uranium ores -- Geology.
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Apollo (Spacecraft).
Mariner (Spacecraft)
Doel, Ronald Edmund interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA