(Submitted November 20, 1997)
How much of a social life do you have?
If you are wondering whether scientists are all nerds and have no social
lives, fear not! Like any other profession, scientists certainly have
a range of personalities and are not all alike. However, most scientists
do have a love of irreverence and a sense of adventure, which not only
makes them fun to party with but also means you meet people who have
traveled all over the globe and usually have fascinating hobbies. In
addition to taking in the latest concerts and movies when not at work,
members of the "Ask an Astrophysicist" team have been known to go white-water
rafting, make home-brew beer, sing in rock bands (and get paid for it!),
perform on stage, and do some *serious* biking (mountain and touring)!
Also, another common (and untrue) assumption about scientists are that they
are all men. About half the "Ask an Astrophysicist" team are women, and the
group contains married and single people of all ages.
Whatever career you choose, we hope it provides you with the opportunity to be
around as many fun people as being at NASA does for us.
The Men and Women of the
"Ask an Astrophysicist" Team