Like, those exoplanets in the Trappist-1 system that have been discovered are ~39 light years away, right? Doesn’t sound that far away? Well, if you were to travel in NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft at over 32,000mph, it would still take you…800,000 years to get there!
Unpack your suitcases, folks. You’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
Happy birthday to Carl Sagan! The American astronomer, astrophysicist, and author (among other things) helped explain space to the general public through hundreds of articles, dozens of books, and his popular public television series “Cosmos"—watched by more than 500 million people in 60 countries. He also researched extraterrestrial life and assembled the first physical message sent into space. Sagan helped solve mysteries of the universe, including the greenhouse effect on Venus that explains that planet’s high temperatures. In 1980 he wrote, "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” Photo: NASA/Cosmos Studies
Funny thing in the nasa au:
Kirk forgets how gravity works once he is back on earth and when Spock asks him to give him an object, Jim just throw it at him thinking he was still in zero gravity, so it just hit Spock really hard right in the face and now Jim won’t go back to the NASA in fear to face him again
everytime i see someone dramatically go on about NASA’s proposed budget cuts (which, don’t get me wrong, are bad) I want to scream because their budget is getting a 1% cut meanwhile the proposed national budget will reduce the NIH’s funding by 18%
A vision can never be too
audacious or lofty. The two Voyager
spacecraft provided so much scientific insight for our solar system. A vision can be simple, or can be lofty and
daring. If the Voyager engineering team
wanted to just send up a satellite, it was feasible with the current technology. But a true vision will not only have an
objective, but can also ask “what else?”
The finish line does not necessarily mean the end. Always ask what else you can do. What else can be accomplished. Go beyond.
Jack Fischer and I returning to the airlock after the
successful removal and replacement of one of the key external computers which
had failed. What an amazing effort was required by the ground team to
come up with a solution, and complete the spacewalk in less than 3 days after
I think NASA’s problem-solving approach is an exceptional
one. No one on our team ever says the problem is insolvable, instead we
attack the problem with all our resources and come up with a solution or a work
around. I think NASA’s motto should be “Making Hard Things Look Easy”,
because so few people will ever know the effort required to make huge problems
“When everybody wants you, Lou—” Harry shook his head in disbelief, not wanting to finish his thought. I get jealous. “Everybody wants you.”
Harry had flipped through the mail, a mixture of bills and junk. He was underwhelmed until he reached the thick, cream-colored, fancy envelope at the bottom of the small stack. It was addressed to Louis and the return address was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA had sent Louis something in the mail, a letter or whatever.
Harry stared at the envelope, his body stuck to the couch for ten minutes until Louis walked into their apartment and found Harry just like that.
“NASA sent you mail.”
Harry nodded. He tried to swallow the lump in his throat, but he couldn’t.
“Did you,” Harry tried, brows furrowing as he fumbled his words. “Um. Did you apply at NASA? Have you been talking to NASA?” Because if he had been, he didn’t tell Harry, and he told Harry everywhere he had applied to.
“No. Not at all.” Louis sat next to Harry on the couch, probably just as stunned as his best friend. Harry wordlessly handed over the envelope with no more words.
Louis got an amazing job offer from NASA. They wanted Louis, they wanted to train him. Louis didn’t even have to go talk to NASA about it, he didn’t beg or plead for the position—they came to him. NASA wanted Louis to move to Florida, so Louis moved to Florida.
Harry finished college with a degree in aerospace engineering. He sat around his mom’s house everyday waiting for his own thick, cream-colored, fancy envelope, but it never came. NASA didn’t want Harry. They didn’t want him the way they wanted Louis.