Pat Shingleton: "The Eye in the Sky"
During our weather broadcasts we reference a variety of astronomical events. For those occasions we rely on the Skywatcher's Almanac and the Astronomical Data Service published by Roger Mansfield. I received an electronic message from Roger this week noting my appreciation to him for his work in astronomy and astrodynamics. Roger noted that he began his space career in 1967 as a weather satellite orbital analyst with the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. From their command and control center at Offutt Air Force base in Nebraska, Roger was instrumental in the operational capabilities of Geostationary and Polar-Orbiting weather satellites. Thanks to Roger, these satellites provide "views" that we display on our weather broadcasts.