Tag Archive for 'nasa'

Page 2 of 2


In the “yay” department, I was notified today that my research poster tied for second place in the engineering and computer science category at the symposium I presented at last week. In addition to granting a little prestige to my resume, this honor carries a monetary award, though the amount may be rather small as three posters tied for 2nd.

In the “how-the-fuck-did-we-not-notice-this-before” department, I discovered this afternoon that the orbits we had worked out for the Titan Orbiter Project, which we’ll be presenting to NASA Glenn researchers on Monday, were completely and totally unfeasible because they required exorbitant amounts of fuel. After flipping out, rechecking calculations, and spending hours bent over notebooks and my keyboard, I have a solution that, though it doesn’t make me happy, is better than nothing. I suppose that it’s also better than having discovered this mistake right about the time one of the NASA engineers brought it up. I shudder even to think of it. As it is, I feel like I’ve cobbled things back together with duct tape, and I have no idea whether duct tape works at cryogenic temperatures. Nerve-wrecking.

Monday is technically the last day of classes, but I’m basically through with lectures now. I’ve got a couple of days of going to senior project presentations and then it’s nothing but the gigantic load of work hanging over me until I can get it packed away so that I can enjoy graduation. Last Sunday my grandfather called me from Cornell, which, though it made me smile, also reminded me just how much I cannot wait to start that adventure. At the same time, I don’t want my time at Case to end either. There are too many great people here that I fear I’ll lose touch with after we head off into the world. Let’s face it: I’ve done this too many times to delude myself into thinking that things will ever be the same between us again.

Gnomicons Update 30 July 2005

I added 8 icons and 5 wallpapers to Gnomicons tonight. Here they are:

Discovery Discovery Discovery Discovery
Discovery Discovery Discovery Discovery

A wallpaper based around a photograph from Pymatuning State Park.

The Waterfront Line
An addition to my popular photography wallpapers, this one focuses on the Cleveland Waterfront.

The Gift of Rain
Like the one before, this is meant to match with the others in the series. It features another photo from Pymatuning State Park.

After “Colorblind”, I was having a lot of fun with this photo in black and white, and it transformed itself into a wallpaper celebrating The Frames’ song “Locusts”.

Return to Flight
In my exploration of NASA’s site today, I found a gorgeous picture of Discovery in orbit and I couldn’t resist the urge to make a wallpaper with it.

Man, my fingers are tired…. I had some problems with the PHP running the site because some of my new changes got overwritten when I backed things up earlier today. If anyone happens to have errors turning up, or things behaving very oddly, please let me know.

It’s Time To Return To Flight

Discovery Launches!

Nothing excites me in the way that a successful shuttle launch does. The rush of adrenaline, the flutter in my stomach, the overwhelming feeling of ‘Wow-I-wish-that-was-me’–it’s incredible, really. Despite all of my many frustrations with NASA, I couldn’t help grinning as my co-worker and I watched Discovery launch via live webcast. The last mission I watched the full launch of was back when I was in high school; I got up early in Germany so that I could watch the first flight that Eileen Collins commanded. Six years later, I’ve lost a lot of my romantic notions about NASA, and I have a much better idea about what it takes to get a crew into space safely. It’s a dangerous business, and chances are that we won’t learn any more by having humans there than we would with remote missions. Nevertheless, I fully believe that manned space programs should continue. Watching images beamed remotely from satellites and rovers will never excite the hearts and imaginations of mankind the way watching others go into space does. I am an engineering student because the space program inspired me to dream when I was a child. Everyone should have a chance to dream those dreams.

Godspeed, Discovery.