This image of southern Alaska was taken recently by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. In this image, you can see much more than clouds. From city lights, to sea ice, to the Aurora Borealis, the Suomi NPP gives us a more complete picture of our planet.
For my first post as a NASA Co-Op I’m going to skip the typical “Houston we have a problem” and “All systems go” intro and get right to the good stuff. I just completed my first week as a NASA Pathways Intern at Johnson Space Center, what NASA calls their Co-Op program. I will be flip-flopping between working at NASA and my university studying Electrical Engineering until I graduate. 98% of students get hired on full-time with NASA after a successful Co-Op experience. This fall 16 out of over 1000 applicants are Co-Oping this fall. I am thankful to be working alongside such talented and passionate people.
Flying The Space Station
I am “touring”, what we call our Co-Op work tours, in a team in Mission Control called PLUTO. No, I am not working with New Horizons, PLUTO is in charge of the Plug and Play-Ability of hardware and software on the International Space Station (ISS). I will be helping develop technology that assist astronauts in experimenting in space, writing procedures for astronauts and sitting console in Mission Control. I can’t rent a car without an extra fee but I can help fly the multi-billion dollar ISS, makes sense.
I think one of the most interesting parts of the Hurricane Katrina story from a geologist’s perspective is how the levees actually failed. These key pieces of infrastructure are literally all that stands between New Orleans and another Katrina-level disaster, so understanding how they failed in this case is key to understanding future risks.
Photo: A suspension bridge made of twisted plant fibers stretches high above the Apurimac River in Peru. Local residents, descendants of the Inca, have been making bridges like this for some 500 years. (Credit: Doug McMains/Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
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It’s been brought to my attention that I used music that hinder the ability of our friends in Germany to watch my videos, so later this week I’m going to go through and change up the music, or at least make a text post for both of these, so keep an eye out!