About this blog

"Join me, gogblog, and together we shall moderately impact the science blogosphere!"

"Behold, Gogblog! Join me, and together we shall moderately impact the science blogosphere!"

Welcome to the Geeked on Goddard science blog, a.k.a. gogblog. My name is Dan Pendick, and I’m a science writer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Gogblog will feature intriguing research, people, events, and assorted other astro-stuff at Goddard, the largest concentration of Earth and space scientists in the world.

I know what you’re thinking. What, ANOTHER science blog? And what’s up with the “geeked” thing?

Please, allow me to explain.

First of all, calm down, ’cause nobody’s calling you a geek. At gogblog, geek is chic. Most of the people I know who are into science are also fun at parties. Their social skills are completely intact, thank you very much. Most of them can even get a date on a Saturday night. Nope, not a pocket protector as far as the eye can see.

To be geeked on Goddard simply means to be filled with excitement, interest, or zeal about the incredible amazingness of our planet, the solar system, and the vast universe of stars, galaxies, and gas clouds beyond. It means you are hungry to understand the cosmos.

Sound like you? Well, great! You are (like me) geeked on science, and you are most welcome here.

“Here” is Goddard Space Flight Center. Gogblog will allow you to visit (virtually) this rich and diverse scientific institution. You’ll get to know some of the scientists, engineers, and technologists at Goddard who are privileged to make their living by advancing human knowledge.

Technorati recently reported that the blogosphere consists of more than 200 million weblogs. Yes: 200 million. Seems like everyone has one. Presidents. Potentates. Pets.

And into this global blogospheric cloud of white noise comes Geeked On Goddard. Why should you devote any of your overtaxed blog browsing time to gogblog?

I know, it’s a lot to ask. But try it and see. What’s the harm? You might just get geeked.

Contact Gogblog: daniel[dot]a[dot]pendick[at sign]nasa[dot]gov


OH AND DID I MENTION? All opinions and opinionlike objects in this blog are mine alone and NOT those of NASA or Goddard Space Flight Center.

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  3. November 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    have i have made posts elsewhere on the website i just want someone with a physics degree to hear this out and see if im putting the science together properly

  4. November 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    goddard, hubble telescope, fermi telescope, EArth, sun, supernova, gamma-ray bubble, nuclear fusion, super novic nuclear force, now im just trying to get someone to see this with a keyword search, but just i have a pretty good explanation for the gamma -ray bubbles but im syre thousands of people do, but none banking there theory on evidence not yet collected

  5. Bob Pincus
    June 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm


    Reading the latest edition of the Goddard News, I lucked out and came across your site.
    I really thought it was interesting and provided a real opportunity to search many of the accomplishments of NASA, GSFC, etc., and most importantly (to me that is), the history behind NASA.

    I did note one significant shortcoming however in the Category column. As a matter of fact, in many of the categories that I visited, there was nothing presented on Sounding Rockets or the Suborbital efforts that were a big part of the early science and satellite development at GSFC.

    Looking back, I think you will find that many of the instruments flown on the satellites, as well as testing concepts for the lunar mission were born and validated on the Sounding Rocket missions flown by GSFC. I believe that many of the early scientists at GSFC and at many of the Universities depended on this capability. Many of the scientists obtained their Phd’s at the Universities from experiments conducted on Sounding Rockets or Balloons.

    Among them are: Dr. Robert Hoffman, Dr. Steve Holt, Jim Heppner, Nelson Maynard, Stu Boyer, Dan McCammon, Bill Fastie, Loren Acton, Charlie Pellerin, Dr. Bruckner, Jo Ann Simpson, John Winckler, Robert Novick, Dr. Keith Ogiilvie, and Ray Cruddace to name a few. Hubble Space Telescope, and the necessary fixes required after being put in orbit were an outgrowth of Sounding Rocket experiments.

    They were launched all over the world in places like, Woomera Australia, Natal Brazil, Andoya Norway, Peru, Alaska, Churchill Canada, Poker Flats, Sweden, Africa, Anarctica,

    I would venture to say that without the contributions of Sounding Rockets and other suborbitals such as balloons and aircraft, the scientific achievements would not be where they are today.

    Soo…..oo, the reason I am taking the time to address this issue is to suggest that a new category, “Sounding Rockets and Suborbital Missions” be added to your list.

    Thanks for your blog, I think it is an interesting site that I wish had more visibility. I’ve been retired from GSFC since 1992 and never knew about your blog. As a matter of fact, I think NASA as a whole could do a lot better in keeping the public informed on what is coming out of the Space Program. For example, I have not heard of one significant finding from the experiments being conducted on the space station. Every time I see something on ISS, it is about Astronauts doing somersaults, enjoying the view, popping food floating in zero G, taking lots of pictures, etc. I really think the NASA Public Affairs office needs to get on the ball if NASA is to gain the support it previously enjoyed.

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