Doug Cook Member At Large

I have been an avid amateur astronomer all my life. I ground my first telescope mirror (6” Newtonian) when I was twelve. Now in retirement, I’m getting involved in astrophotography with two astrograph telescopes. Colorado mountains, skies, and our ever changing weather feed my love of nature. Having just retired to Colorado Springs, I am a recent but dedicated member of CSAS. My former petroleum geology career serves my new dedication to astrogeology in my position as Chair of the AAPG Astrogeology Committee. I recently retired (April, 2016) as Chief Explorationist in Saudi Aramco’s Southern Area Exploration Division in Saudi Arabia. This involved directing a team of geoscientists in acquiring seismic data, generating prospects, and successfully drilling for oil and gas in the Rub Al Khali- The Great Empty Quarter of Arabia. Before joining Aramco, I explored deep water Gulf of Mexico and Nigeria for Conoco and BHP. A career highlight aside from prospecting was participating in ten years of deep-water submersible oil seep studies in the Gulf of Mexico. These seeps have associated chemosynthetic communities of life. As extremophiles, these organisms relate to my passion for astrogeology/exobiology. I received my BS in Oceanography from the University of Michigan and MS in Carbonate Sedimentology from the University of Florida prior to joining Conoco in 1984. I am a member of Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Chair of AAPG Astrogeology Committee.

The primary goal of the AAPG Astrogeology Committee is to emphasize the use of geosciences in the development of off-world exploration energy and other natural resources for development in the future. This is under the guidance and input provided by previous NASA geologists, Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Dr. James Reilly and by industry professionals of the AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division.

I most recently presented a paper at the AAPG Annual Convention in Calgary June, 2016: “A Bold Proposal for a Manned Deep Space Mission to Rendezvous with and Sample an Asteroid and a Comet.” The same theme was presented in October, 2016 at the New Worlds- Space Settlement Symposium in Austin, TX. I am now writing a science fiction novel on this theme titled The Aquila Mission-2023.