Described as one of the greatest Mexican astronomers and hailed as the “priest of the telescope”, Guillermo Haro would have been 105 years old on Tuesday.
Haro grew up during the Mexican Revolution and while he was a recognised astronomer, he didn’t always want to be one. He studied philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and intended to go into law, but later his path changed.
Google celebra con un doodle galáctico el 105 aniversario del nacimiento del astrónomo, investigador y académico Guillermo Haro Barraza, el primer mexicano en ser elegido para la Royal Astronomical Society, in 1959 por sus aportes para la ciencia.
El doodle es una representación de los descubrimientos e investigaciones de Haro en el cinturón de Orión. Su rostro reemplaza la segunda ‘o’ de Google para que dentro de ella se forme uno de sus aportes: las estrellas conocidas como ‘las Tres Hermanas’ o ‘las Tres Marías’.
“The destiny of humankind lies in the stars, yet public interest in space has ebbed and flowed over time. Space enthusiasts kept the faith in the Skylab space station during the 1970s (once Apollo had ended), only to see their dedication vindicated with the flights of the Space Shuttle. Today, successful missions to Mars have focused the world’s attention on our planetary neighbor, a source of endless fascination to observers past and present. We shall journey there ourselves, and the planning for our voyage will draw upon the vigorous efforts of today’s researchers on Earth (and the rovers on Mars), who have learned more about Martian geology and atmosphere, and the challenges of interplanetary travel, than we ever thought possible.
Abigail Harrison, a 20-year old student at Wellesley College (Mass.), has dedicated her life to fostering public interest in future manned missions to the Red Planet. It is her intention to travel there herself, and she has designed her education with that laudable goal in mind. With Interlitq‘s U.S. General Editor (and space enthusiast) Neil Langdon Inglis as interviewer, readers will learn more about Harrison’s plans for the future; her scientific studies and commitment to science, engineering, and technology (STEM) programs for women; her training as a pilot; and, last but not least, her formation of the organization known as The Mars Generation (TMG). With young leaders of Harrison’s caliber leading the way, the world will be ready for mankind’s biggest adventure–the giant leap into space. Her website takes up the story: http://www.astronautabby.com/about/
In 2015, at the age of 18 years old, Harrison founded The Mars Generation, a nonprofit with the support of an advisory board of astronauts, engineers, scientists and her hundreds of thousands of online supporters. The nonprofit has reached over 10 million people in its first year of operation and works to educate and excite kids and adults about space exploration and STEM education.”