If someone asked you the question, "What is science?"
what would be your answer?
What is your mental picture of a scientist? If someone
asked you to describe a scientist, what would you say?
Why do you think some people enjoy being scientists?
What do they like about their jobs? What is frustrating
about their work?
Well, heres your chance to find out what scientists
say! We interviewed eight scientists. These scientists have
done many things. Some of them have worked in the Arctic and
in the Antarctic. One of them does research in the submersible
Alvin, going down 14,764 feet (4,500 meters) toward
the bottom of the ocean.
Several of these scientists use data collected from satellites.
The satellites take measurements of many things on the ground
and in the oceans. This view from space helps the scientists
learn things about the Earth.
Many of these scientists study the small plants and animals
in the ocean. These scientists often go to sea on large research
ships. They have been in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic,
and Southern oceans. Sometimes they are away from home for
One scientist is an expert on snow and ice. Since he lives
in Alaska, he doesnt have to travel far to take measurements,
either! Another scientist develops Internet lessons about
the Gulf Stream and about air pollution.
Finally, these eight scientists are very interested in education.
Theyve answered these questions so that the rest of
us will understand why some people become scientists. They
hope we will find out the answer to the question, "What