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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #20 on: 01/17/2016 10:05 PM »
Cancer has no respect. I hope he can successfully fight this.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #21 on: 01/17/2016 10:10 PM »
Yeah, he announced this back in November at work.  It's nice that it stayed in-house until he was ready to go public with it....

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« Reply #22 on: 01/18/2016 04:15 AM »
I met Piers at Vandenberg 3 years ago during the NASA Social there. Hope he beats the odds!
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #23 on: 01/18/2016 11:49 AM »
I was shocked to read about this in a newspaper article this morning and would like to wish him all the best.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #24 on: 01/18/2016 11:42 PM »
Interesting, as you'd think being British born would get around some of the rules.

I don't think it would be an issue, if he's not in the employ of the US Government. Considering Sellers has been the Astronaut Corps for 15 years, and with the retirement of shuttle, it's about time for him to retire anyways...

Its interesting its only an Honorary award. IIRC Piers has Dual
Nationality which allows a Substantive award to be made. Presumably the
constitutional prohibition allows Honorary awards to be accepted by
those working for the US Government.

Its entirely possible that his award will be made Substantive in the
future when he retires from US Government employment
 - this years New Year Honours include several cases where
Honorary awards to Commonwealth nationals have been made substantive,
no details are given but I assume that the people concerned either
became UK nationals or retired from posts which prohibited accepting
Substantive awards.
in order to accept it in any form other than Honourary as declared by the Constitution and the USC code he would have to give up his US Citizenship to do so.

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« Reply #25 on: 12/23/2016 08:44 PM »
Sad news: Piers Sellers has passed away.

Thoughts with his family. RIP. :(

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« Reply #26 on: 12/23/2016 09:06 PM »
Totally unfair. RIP Piers.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #27 on: 12/23/2016 09:26 PM »
Brave fight... May you rest in peace Sir...
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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #28 on: 12/23/2016 09:58 PM »
December 23, 2016
RELEASE 16-122
NASA Administrator Remembers NASA Scientist, Astronaut Piers Sellers


The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Piers Sellers, who passed away Friday in Houston of pancreatic cancer:

“The entire NASA family mourns the passing of scientist and astronaut Piers Sellers.

“Piers was dedicated to all facets of exploration. His curiosity and drive to uncover new knowledge was generously shared with audiences around the world, both from space and in wide travels to reach as many people as possible with an essential understanding of our fragile planet.

“Piers devoted his life to saving the planet. As a climate scientist, his work in computer modeling of the climate system, satellite remote sensing studies and field work using aircraft, satellites and ground teams broke new ground in our understanding of Earth’s systems. His legacy will be one not only of urgency that the climate is warming but also of hope that we can yet improve humanity’s stewardship of this planet. His cancer diagnosis became a catalyst for him to work even harder on efforts to save the planet from global warming for the benefit of future generations.

“Piers was an eternal optimist whose positive energy inspired all those who had the good fortune to know him. His laughter, humor, and lighthearted spirit are as much a part of his legacy as his work.

“In his three journeys to orbit as a NASA astronaut, he demonstrated robotics, performed research and helped build the International Space Station. These journeys and his ongoing dedication to scientific inquiry inspired a new generation to take up his challenge to become better caretakers of Earth and extend humanity’s reach in space. It was my great honor to present Piers with the Distinguished Service Medal in June 2016 in recognition of his service to our agency and the world.

“In a New York Times opinion piece in 2016, he said, ‘As an astronaut, I spacewalked 220 miles above the Earth. Floating alongside the International Space Station, I watched hurricanes cartwheel across oceans, the Amazon snake its way to the sea through a brilliant green carpet of forest, and gigantic nighttime thunderstorms flash and flare for hundreds of miles along the Equator. From this God’s-eye-view, I saw how fragile and infinitely precious the Earth is. I’m hopeful for its future.’

“Today we lost a tremendous public servant who was dedicated to NASA, the nation and the world. He was a strident defender and eloquent spokesperson for our home planet, Earth. Spacewalker and scientist, free thinker and friend to our planet, and all who seek new knowledge, to say he will be missed would be a gross understatement."

For more information about Piers Sellers’ NASA career, visit:

http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/bio/piers.j.sellers

and

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/sellers.html

Offline Bubbinski

Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #29 on: 12/24/2016 01:08 AM »
Rest In Peace Piers Sellers. I met him in 2013 at the Landsat NASA Social at Vandenberg. He signed my badge, it was good to meet him.
« Last Edit: 12/24/2016 01:09 AM by Bubbinski »
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #30 on: 12/24/2016 02:34 AM »
Piers Sellers, the British-born climate scientist who became a 3-time Shuttle astronaut, has died today, aged 61.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/piers-sellers-climate-scientist-turned-astronaut-dies-at-61/2016/12/23/145c5c0a-c37e-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-more-top-stories_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.f2acbfac4e2d

Very sad news, especially right before Christmas.  I was always impressed with his drive and positive attitude.  Enjoyed watching the three shuttle flights that he was on. They covered the bulk of the ISS assembly period.

He will be missed.
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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #31 on: 12/24/2016 02:38 AM »
:'(  Damn you; 2016...
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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #32 on: 12/24/2016 02:50 AM »
Very sad news - piers was a fine scientist and I had the pleasure of working with him on several projects - a loss to the atmospheric science community and the world.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #33 on: 12/24/2016 03:46 AM »
Recall reading his post in the NYTimes earlier this year announcing he had cancer... so sad. Godspeed.

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« Reply #34 on: 12/24/2016 04:26 AM »
RIP, Mr. Sellers. You will be remembered as much as John Glenn.

Man, December 2016 is becoming sadder throughout the month.
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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #35 on: 12/24/2016 05:25 AM »
Rest in peace Mr. Sellers and thank you.  You will be missed.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #36 on: 12/24/2016 10:10 AM »
RIP what a horrible year this has been. :(

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #37 on: 12/24/2016 11:29 AM »
RIP Mr. Sellers.

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #38 on: 12/24/2016 11:45 AM »
STS-112

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Re: Astronaut Piers Sellers, OBE
« Reply #39 on: 12/24/2016 11:48 AM »
STS-121

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