Currently a college student, I devote a lot of my time to educational outreach. My long term goal is to have a career in public outreach (involving social media) promoting—of course—the space sciences!
Here is a kind of diary for my experiences as an aspiring space sciences outreach professional, and as practice for a better blog someday.
By some miracle I’ve been selected for an awesome NASA Social (my second!) that I am leaving for in just a bit. Today I will be touring NASA Johnson Space Center, and doing all kinds of awesome things. Follow me on Twitter @PerAlasAnser, and instagram (same), and vine (same?), and check my tumblr here later for posts about my day. If you’re my Facebook friend you can see posts there too.
Video: Grasshopper reaches new record height.
The reusable rocket from Space X reached a height of 1,066 feet during testing in June, after having a new navigation sensor fitted to assist in landing.
The company hopes to one day use the technology to send paying customers into orbit, and return them safely to the same launch pad.
UASEDS second to last stop for spring break 2013 was the VLA. This was my second trip to the VLA. It’s my favorite telescope! Also, I love the movie Contact! Here’s me and my carload right outside the VLA.
We wanted to remove a sticker from the sign. We got half of it off.
Look at this thing. It’s beautiful.
Somebody had the great idea to pose as Palmer Joss and Ellie Arroway in that movie poster.
It was good fun. Here’s mine, alongside the movie poster:
Our last stop was in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. We just found a place that had extremely light pollution-free skies, and stopped for about an hour to star gaze. No pictures of that from me. I don’t have a good enough camera.
Our final tour was at White Sands Test Facility, a NASA center. The best part had to be the Remote Hypervelocity Test Laboratory.
One of many victims of some people with an awesome job. This damage was probably done by a grain of sand or something teeny tiny. It doesn’t matter how small something is, if it’s moving at many kilometers per second, it’s gonna mess you UP.
We have to worry about this kind of thing because there could be objects in space traveling at this speed, and we have to be able to protect the ISS and space vehicles.
This is one long gun. I couldn’t even fit the whole thing in the picture. In fact, part of it is outside the building beyond that far wall there.
The RHTL has these cameras that can take millions of frames per second. I hope I’m not exaggerating that number. …Oh I just found my tweet from the day of
The hypervelocity crew at Johnson WSTF has cameras that take 200 million frames per second! #UASB2013— Carmen Austin (@PerAlasAnser) March 14, 2013
TWO HUNDRED million.
Carlsbad Caverns was pretty incredible!
I didn’t take any good pictures inside—no tripod.
White Sands National Monument, as expected, was a blast (until someone got sand in his eye and had to go to the ER cause it actually scratched him pretty bad).
SoIguessthatlike I still have spring break pictures I need to share.
! Let’s do that.
We visited Lockheed Martin and got to climb inside a mock up of the Orion capsule. We also got to simulate docking to the space station. The Lockheed people were a great group. They gave us luggage tags, little notebooks, and lunch kits.
We spent an evening at the Kemah Boardwalk where we played an epic game of…well I don’t remember what it’s called but, the objective was to not be touching the ground of the playground when the person who was it yelled…something. Anyway there was a lot of climbing on things that aren’t designed for 20+ year olds to even be on, and no one broke anything, so it was a good night.
This is a short post, but I’m making the next immediately after publishing. I just want to break them up
So I just applied for a NASA Social that sounds INCREDIBLE.
NASA will host a one-day event for 30 social media followers on July 17, 2013, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Home of Mission Control and astronaut training, the NASA Social event will give guests an opportunity to learn more about the International Space Station, the life science research conducted on board, and health stabilization process for astronauts training for, living aboard and returning from the space station. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions of space station human research scientists and participate in a unique fitness demonstration.
I need to go to Houston at some point this summer anyway. Might as well let NASA decide when for me.
I know hundreds of people will apply, and they’re only selecting 30, so it’s doubtful I’ll get selected, especially since I was selected for Goldstone, but eeerngh! IT SOUNDS AMAZING!
PICK ME NASA! PICK ME! I WILL TWEET AND TUMBLR AND REDDIT AND INSTAGRAM AND VINE SO MUCH. JUST PICK ME, ALRIGHT?!
To learn more about this NASA Social and the NASA Social program, click here. And even though it lessens my chance of being selected, I encourage you to register for this social. If you are selected, your only hurdle is getting yourself to Houston (if you don’t already live there), you have to do that yourself. Attending a NASA Social is an excellent decision you won’t regret. Yea space!
Voyager - Space Show @1988 (kevindart)
This needs to be posterized…
The earth is governed by geological processes. Thrust faults are both terrestrial and extraterrestrial geological features that signify crustal compression. Research on the topic by University of Arizona students has shown a disregard for studies with varying degrees of gravity. It is unknown if gravity is a governing factor when computing an angle of failure for thrust faults. The UASEDS Microgravity team has designed and built an experiment that will test the influence of varying gravitational forces on thrust fault analogues. The experiment is being run in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. Read about the experiment and the student’s flight experience here!