Mario Acuna, NASA scientist

Today (Sunday) the Washington Post published an obituary story for Mario Acuna.  Mario was a distinguished scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center “whose scientific instruments have flown on more that 30 NASA missions to every planet in the solar system,  including the sun.”   His specialty was  designing and building magnetometers which seem to have been used in just about all the planetary missions, along with the Voyager probe to interstellar space.

I played soccer with Mario in the Goddard soccer league back in the early 1970’s, when his great scientific career was just getting started; but I never got to work with him.  He was a fine soccer player too.


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