Get to Know Gemini! John Bassett

Get to Know Gemini is a new series of blog posts aimed to highlight the different careers, backgrounds, and types of people contributing to Gemini Observatory and its science.

Name: John Bassett

What is your current position and at which telescope?

Systems Engineer, at Gemini North, work applies to instruments and systems at both Gemini South and Gemini North.

In four lines or less, explain what you do as part of the Gemini Observatory team?

Coordinate and track interfaces, requirements, design, and testing of instruments and systems for the telescopes.  Help to make sure that new instruments and system upgrades will perform as needed and expected.

How long have you worked for Gemini?

A year

What drew you to this job?

The opportunity to help with the exploration of the physics and the universe.

What is the best part of your job?

Working with the people here, seeing a system perform.

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?

I grew up in Minnesota. Raised my family in Colorado.

Why is astronomy important?

It is the only viable way we have to explore the galaxy and universe.

What is your favorite movie?

Star Wars

What is the latest book you have read?

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

What is one hobby of yours?

Sailing with Na Hoa Holomoku
Flying with the Civil Air Patrol

Check back next month to learn more about the staff that help Gemini to explore the Universe and share its wonders!

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