A Story of Science and Friendship

  • Released Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:46PM

This animated waveform illustration is inspired by the view of Earth as seen from the International Spae Station.

This animated waveform illustration is inspired by the view of Earth as seen from the International Spae Station.

At NASA, friendship and discovery go hand-in-hand. For over three decades, Earth scientists Compton Tucker and Piers Sellers were co-workers, roommates, neighbors and best friends. They studied the planet and traveled it together.

Piers passed away in 2016 after battling pancreatic cancer. In this story, Compton remembers and honors his dear friend and partner in science.



While traveling aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2002, astronaut and climate scientist Piers Sellers looked down upon the Earth and recorded a warm-hearted greeting to his friends and colleagues at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Piers passed away in 2016 after battling pancreatic cancer, and he often said how fortunate he felt to work with some of his best friends.

NASA Earth scientist Compton Tucker (right) shares a laugh with his best friend, the late astronaut and climate scientist Piers Sellers (left). Video credit: Cath Le Couteur, watch the interview on YouTube.



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