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In 1947, the US Air Force’s aerospace-medical-research lab’s bioastronautics research in Dayton, Ohio decided to test cats’ reactions to zero gravity. They normally have an instinct to twist their body to land on their feet, but they became disoriented and weren’t able to do so when rendered weightless. (information and a longer video available at Business Insider)

STEM STUDYBLR LIST

MORE BLOGS ARE ALWAYS BEING ADDED. Check up the UPDATED LIST at: caffeinatedcraziness.tumblr.com/stemblr-masterlist

Behold!

I have compiled a list of STEM studyblrs (Stemblrs?) categorized by their subject specialty! Woo! Give it up for these wonderful STEM students! *applause*

Some of these lovely people have been placed in more than one category, and this is depicted by an asterisk (*) after their blog name. Others are placed in a general category with their specific field of study in parenthesis! Also listed next to each name is the grade level they are at.

If I mistakenly wrote something here and want it fixed, send me a message and I’ll make sure any mistakes get corrected. If you want to be on this list, please send me a message or reblog this post and let me know your STEM subject(s) and grade level!

Now go follow all these awesome blogs!

Biology/Microbiology

Biochemistry

Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Computer Science & Engineering/Cyber Security

Electrical Engineering

Geoscience/Environmental Science/Earth Science

Material Science and Engineering

Mathematics

Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering

  • @saacregar​ (Mechanical Engineering) - Undergrad 
  • @stemstudy​ (Aerospace Engineering) - Undergrad 

Medical Science or Pre-Medical Specialty 

Neuroscience/Neurobiology

Physics 

Zoology

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January 19th 1983: Ham the Chimp died

On this day in 1983, the first chimpanzee launched into outer space, Ham the Chimp, died. Ham was named for the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center in New Mexico where he was prepared for his flight. However, he was only named after his successful return to Earth, as officals feared the public backlash if a beloved named chimp died on the mission. Ham was trained to operate certain parts of the craft through positive and negative reinforcements, and made his historic flight into space in January 1961. The chimp was in space for sixteen minutes, and then splashed down in the Atlantic. Ham became a celebrated icon and lived in zoos until he died aged 26. Ham is memorialised by a grave in the International Space Hall of Fame in New Mexico.

“And in December, while I do not regard our mastery of space as anywhere near complete, while I recognize that there are still areas where we are behind — at least in one area, the size of the booster — this year I hope the United States will be ahead.”

From President John F. Kennedy’s speech at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center in San Antonio, November 21, 1963.

President Kennedy regarded the success of the Saturn I SA-5 heavy booster, a major milestone to the mighty Saturn V, as the moment where the United States would overtake the lead the USSR has held since the launch of Sputnik, in October 1957. 

The President would be assassinated the following day. The first Saturn I SA-5 would successfully launch on January 29th, 1964.