Take a Virtual Tour of NASA

Welcome to NASA! Today, we’re taking you behind-the-scenes for a virtual tour looking at our cutting-edge work and humanity’s destiny in deep space!

Starting at 1:30 p.m., we will host a series of Facebook Live events from each of our 10 field centers across the country. Take a look at where we’ll be taking you…

Glenn Research Center
1:30 p.m. EDT

Our Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH will host a tour of its Electric Propulsion Lab. This lab is where we test solar propulsion technologies that are critical to powering spacecraft for our deep-space missions. The Electric Propulsion Laboratory houses two huge vacuum chambers that simulate the space environment.

Marshall Space Flight Center
1:50 p.m. EDT

Our Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL will host a tour from a Marshall test stand where structural loads testing is performed on parts of our Space Launch System rocket. Once built, this will be the world’s most powerful rocket and will launch humans farther into space than ever before.

Stennis Space Center
2:10 p.m. EDT

Our Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, MS will take viewers on a tour of their test stands to learn about rocket engine testing from their Test Control Center.

Armstrong Flight Research Center
2:30 p.m. EDT 

Our Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA will host a tour from their aircraft hangar and Simulator Lab where viewers can learn about our X-Planes program. What’s an X-Plane? They are a variety of flight demonstration vehicles that are used to test advanced technologies and revolutionary designs.

Johnson Space Center
2:50 p.m. EDT

Our Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX will take viewers on a virtual exploration trip through the mockups of the International Space Station and inside our deep-space exploration vehicle, the Orion spacecraft!

Ames Research Center
3:10 p.m. EDT

Our Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley will bring viewers into its Arc Jet Facility, a plasma wind tunnel used to simulate the extreme heat of spacecraft atmospheric entry.

Kennedy Space Center
3:30 p.m. EDT

Our Kennedy Space Center in Florida will bring viewers inside the Vehicle Assembly Building to learn about how we’re preparing for the first launch of America’s next big rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

Langley Research Center
3:50 p.m. EDT

Our Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia will bring viewers inside its 14-by-22-foot wind tunnel, where aerodynamic projects are tested.

Goddard Space Flight Center
4:10 p.m. EDT

Our Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD will discuss the upcoming United States total solar eclipse and host its tour from the Space Weather Lab, a large multi-screen room where data from the sun is analyzed and studied.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4:30 p.m. EDT

Our Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA will bring viewers to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility to learn about robotic exploration of the solar system.

So, make sure to join us for all or part of our virtual tour today, starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT! Discover more about the work we’re doing at NASA and be sure to ask your questions in the comment section of each Facebook Live event! 

Additional details and viewing information available HERE

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West African schoolgirls take starring role in engineering competition in Senegal

The Pan-African Robotics competition (PARC) in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Saturday reflects the growing consciousness of science education as a top priority for a government growing the economy and getting development off the ground.

Rows of young women from Senegal, The Gambia and Mali distinct in their various uniforms – blue headscarves, black pinafores and white polo shirts – screamed for their teams as robots picked up plastic cones and dropped them onto markers, all adamant they would win.

Senegal’s Mariama-Ba all-girls academy won the high school category for a “made in Africa” pump solution to flooding, and girls were well represented in the winning 11-15 age group on Saturday after showing off their robotics skills.

“Our generation is definitely the one,” said Umu Tarawally, a 14-year-old Gambian who aspires to be a doctor and patiently explained to an assembled audience of dignitaries how groundnut shells could be converted into fuel.

Her friends, she added, were telling her they want to become engineers following a week of robot and tech workshops.

This is not my first office, but it’s the first one that ever felt like home. This building and the offices inside it are often ridiculed because they are old, the offices called shabby and out of date, but I disagree. I think my office is the height of luxury. It has the same sturdy metal-framed desk that all other people in this program have. It is a proof that I may be counted among them, that I belong. For that reason, it is the finest desk I have ever had the privilege to call my own.  I fought harder than I’ve ever fought for anything, all just to sit at this desk and dedicate my life to this work, and it was worth it a hundred times over. I think about the hundred of applicants who fought tooth and nail for the chance to have a desk like this and did not achieve it. For them, for my science, and for myself, I will work each day to prove my fitness to occupy this desk. Hour by hour, page by page. 

Nokkuso: starting tomorrow we’re gonna be working hard for this week’s performance in Korea 🇰🇷🇰🇷
we’ve reached our goal of going to Korea, so we’ve already decided on the clothing and we will be super cheerful so you have a lot of fun~

the picture is Nokkuso-san dripping with sweat after the previous performance

Gonna have a slightly negative post right now, but I need to get this off of my chest…

TOMMY OLIVER IS NATIVE AMERICAN! Tommy Oliver is not white, you would know that if you watched the original series. I know it is easy to mistake Tommy Oliver for being white. I’m not sure if the original actor was/is Native American, as there is little evidence either way.

But the character of Tommy Oliver is Native American. This was confirmed in the Zeo Quest storyline. The Rangers at that time (Tommy, Adam, Rocky, Aisha, and Kat) were told to look to their ancestors to find their Zeo Crystal. This was fruther exapanded in Zeo storylines/episodes starting in the episode titled Inner Spirit.

This is not like Trini or Zack, who were Asian and African American respectively in the original series. Having an Asian character being the Yellow Ranger or having the African American character being the Black Ranger would be seen as being very insensitive nowadays. Hell, it was seen as insensitive before the reboot was even announced.
Tommy Oliver, however, is the Green Ranger. While he does eventually become the Red Ranger, he actually begins being the leader when he is the White Ranger.

I see so many fancasts of non-Native American actors/actresses as Tommy Oliver. I don’t know if this is because they don’t know he’s Native American or what.

But to me, casting a non-Native American actor as Tommy Oliver would be just as bad as casting a white actor since it is still erasing his ethnic identity as a POC character. If you are one of those blogs who are fancasting non-Native American actors for Tommy Oliver and are also speaking against changing the race of characters in a negative way, look at what the fuck you are doing.

On a side note, part of the reason why my main facast for Tommy Oliver is BooBoo Stewart is because he has a very mixed ancestry. Japanese, Korean, and Chinese on one parent’s side. Scottish, Russian, and Blackfoot Native American on the other (that and I think BooBoo is like super hot.

niloiv  asked:

do you think it's necessary to go to film school to succeed in the industry? im self taught and ive produced my own work before but i go to a small liberal arts college

Hi @niloiv!

I believe that you can make it in the film industry with or without film school. There are plenty of great filmmakers who never went to film school and there are many that did. For me, personally, I needed film school because of my personality, the way I learn, and other factors. However, my situation certainly does not apply to everybody. Many people don’t want or need to go to film school and that’s great, too!

You are self-taught? Wonderful! Keep it up. I’m self-taught in regards to script supervising so even though I am at film school, I know learning a specific job on your own is completely possible. I do recommend that you research the crap out of the field you are interested in and reach out to people in the industry to ask them questions, expand your network (so you can work with more/different professional crew members), and possibly get a job or internship.

In a similar post I gave some resources that might be helpful.



wonderseverythingabove  asked:

Awwwww-shucks, Shulkie! I've never been interested in Star Trek but I was eating up this idea of Vulcan Levi whose reasoning is hilarious, repulsed by needles, whipping the asses of Klingon (google what are those-YIKES SCARY!), and weak to his human bean bae's affection. I love so much when you add the cutest little things like Levi eating a popsicle!??! That put me in one hell of a nostalgic mood and kudos to you for this sweet treat!!! Like I'm sitting here still giggling as I type XD

hehehe, the temperature climbed the entire time i was writing it leaving me wanting a popsicle lmao. i love star trek but there’s so. much. lore. that i would never feel comfortable writing star trek fic or writing a whole big star trek au

i’ll leave that to @bfketh and her amazing star trek au ;D

i haven’t really talked about this on tumblr yet but my vision is going like wooosh away from my eyes ;n; i’ve always had focusing problems with my eyes (strabismus and nystagmus yay) but they’ve gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy worse and I can barely see most the time so instead of my vision being 20/25 with occasional blurriness and double vision, it’s like near constant 20/200 - 20/300 vision with a lot of double vision and shakiness and some occasional 20/30 vision if my eyes aren’t tired.

my optician tried seeing if glasses worked but it only kinda helped and the glasses would need to be literally an inch thick.

I’ve got an eye hospital appointment in August (so long to wait omg why???) but from the research I’ve done, glasses, surgery, and therapy might help a bit but not guaranteed to give me good vision and it could even get way worse so this is super fun yay  idk how i’m even managing to draw tbh


BREAKING NEWS! We just received details on the single-player mode in Splatoon 2. Is that…Marie? But where’s Callie?! It seems the Octarians, the octopi troops, have steadily grown their species, and it’s up to a fresh rookie of the New Squidbeak Splatoon to splat their plans.

It’s been a busy day here in the lab, but our field researcher who has been sharing findings in the Squid Sisters Stories also just sent us a final report. Please find the details here.

It took an explosion and 13 pounds of iron to usher in the modern era of neuroscience.

In 1848, a 25-year-old railroad worker named Phineas Gage was blowing up rocks to clear the way for a new rail line in Cavendish, Vt. He would drill a hole, place an explosive charge, then pack in sand using a 13-pound metal bar known as a tamping iron.

But in this instance, the metal bar created a spark that touched off the charge. That, in turn, “drove this tamping iron up and out of the hole, through his left cheek, behind his eye socket, and out of the top of his head,” says Jack Van Horn, an associate professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Gage didn’t die. But the tamping iron destroyed much of his brain’s left frontal lobe, and Gage’s once even-tempered personality changed dramatically.

“He is fitful, irreverent, indulging at times in the grossest profanity, which was not previously his custom,” wrote John Martyn Harlow, the physician who treated Gage after the accident.

This sudden personality transformation is why Gage shows up in so many medical textbooks, says Malcolm Macmillan, an honorary professor at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and the author of An Odd Kind of Fame: Stories of Phineas Gage.

“He was the first case where you could say fairly definitely that injury to the brain produced some kind of change in personality,” Macmillan says.

Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

Photo via Wikimedia Commons


 Meet the nodosaur — the plant-eating armored dinosaur! Discovered by miners in Alberta, it is the best-preserved fossil of its kind.