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10 People You Wish You Met from 100 Years of NASA’s Langley

Something happened 100 years ago that changed forever the way we fly. And then the way we explore space. And then how we study our home planet. That something was the establishment of what is now NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Founded just three months after America’s entry into World War I, Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory was established as the nation’s first civilian facility focused on aeronautical research. The goal was, simply, to “solve the fundamental problems of flight.”

From the beginning, Langley engineers devised technologies for safer, higher, farther and faster air travel. Top-tier talent was hired. State-of-the-art wind tunnels and supporting infrastructure was built. Unique solutions were found.

Langley researchers developed the wing shapes still used today in airplane design. Better propellers, engine cowlings, all-metal airplanes, new kinds of rotorcraft and helicopters, faster-than-sound flight - these were among Langley’s many groundbreaking aeronautical advances spanning its first decades.

By 1958, Langley’s governing organization, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, would become NASA, and Langley’s accomplishments would soar from air into space.

Here are 10 people you wish you met from the storied history of Langley:

Robert R. “Bob” Gilruth (1913–2000) 

  • Considered the father of the U.S. manned space program.
  • He helped organize the Manned Spacecraft Center – now the Johnson Space Center – in Houston, Texas. 
  • Gilruth managed 25 crewed spaceflights, including Alan Shepard’s first Mercury flight in May 1961, the first lunar landing by Apollo 11 in July 1969, the dramatic rescue of Apollo 13 in 1970, and the Apollo 15 mission in July 1971.

Christopher C. “Chris” Kraft, Jr. (1924-) 

  • Created the concept and developed the organization, operational procedures and culture of NASA’s Mission Control.
  • Played a vital role in the success of the final Apollo missions, the first manned space station (Skylab), the first international space docking (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project), and the first space shuttle flights.

Maxime “Max” A. Faget (1921–2004) 

  • Devised many of the design concepts incorporated into all U.S.  manned spacecraft.
  • The author of papers and books that laid the engineering foundations for methods, procedures and approaches to spaceflight. 
  • An expert in safe atmospheric reentry, he developed the capsule design and operational plan for Project Mercury, and made major contributions to the Apollo Program’s basic command module configuration.

Caldwell Johnson (1919–2013) 

  • Worked for decades with Max Faget helping to design the earliest experimental spacecraft, addressing issues such as bodily restraint and mobility, personal hygiene, weight limits, and food and water supply. 
  • A key member of NASA’s spacecraft design team, Johnson established the basic layout and physical contours of America’s space capsules.

William H. “Hewitt” Phillips (1918–2009) 

  • Provided solutions to critical issues and problems associated with control of aircraft and spacecraft. 
  • Under his leadership, NASA Langley developed piloted astronaut simulators, ensuring the success of the Gemini and Apollo missions. Phillips personally conceived and successfully advocated for the 240-foot-high Langley Lunar Landing Facility used for moon-landing training, and later contributed to space shuttle development, Orion spacecraft splashdown capabilities and commercial crew programs.

Katherine Johnson (1918-) 

  • Was one of NASA Langley’s most notable “human computers,” calculating the trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s May 1961 mission, Freedom 7, America’s first human spaceflight. 
  • She verified the orbital equations controlling the capsule trajectory of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission from blastoff to splashdown, calculations that would help to sync Project Apollo’s lunar lander with the moon-orbiting command and service module. 
  • Johnson also worked on the space shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite, and authored or coauthored 26 research reports.

Dorothy Vaughan (1910–2008) 

  • Was both a respected mathematician and NASA’s first African-American manager, head of NASA Langley’s segregated West Area Computing Unit from 1949 until 1958. 
  • Once segregated facilities were abolished, she joined a racially and gender-integrated group on the frontier of electronic computing. 
  • Vaughan became an expert FORTRAN programmer, and contributed to the Scout Launch Vehicle Program.

William E. Stoney Jr. (1925-) 

  • Oversaw the development of early rockets, and was manager of a NASA Langley-based project that created the Scout solid-propellant rocket. 
  • One of the most successful boosters in NASA history, Scout and its payloads led to critical advancements in atmospheric and space science. 
  • Stoney became chief of advanced space vehicle concepts at NASA headquarters in Washington, headed the advanced spacecraft technology division at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, and was engineering director of the Apollo Program Office.

Israel Taback (1920–2008) 

  • Was chief engineer for NASA’s Lunar Orbiter program. Five Lunar Orbiters circled the moon, three taking photographs of potential Apollo landing sites and two mapping 99 percent of the lunar surface. 
  • Taback later became deputy project manager for the Mars Viking project. Seven years to the day of the first moon landing, on July 20, 1976, Viking 1 became NASA’s first Martian lander, touching down without incident in western Chryse Planitia in the planet’s northern equatorial region.

John C Houbolt (1919–2014) 

  • Forcefully advocated for the lunar-orbit-rendezvous concept that proved the vital link in the nation’s successful Apollo moon landing. 
  • In 1963, after the lunar-orbit-rendezvous technique was adopted, Houbolt left NASA for the private sector as an aeronautics, astronautics and advanced-technology consultant. 
  • He returned to Langley in 1976 to become its chief aeronautical scientist. During a decades-long career, Houbolt was the author of more than 120 technical publications.

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Fic: It Feels Remarkable

Here is my story for this week’s prompt “out of place” for @olicityhiatusficathon organized by @thebookjumper. Also I’ve been wanting to try a story where Felicity meets the Vigilante first since @geniewithwifi talked about the tag a few months back. 

You can read it on Ao3 or below. Enjoy! 

It Feels Remarkable

The Vigilante countered the man’s blow and kicked him off the one-story roof into a nearby alley. The criminal landed with a thud, and though he looked to be unconscious, would probably survive because it was not that steep of a fall.

Still, had better make sure before phoned an anonymous tip into the police station. The Vigilante hopped down and landed perfectly on his feet. He felt the criminal’s pulse…still alive. He pulled out his phone to call the police when he heard a throat clearing.

The Vigilante turned quickly to see a beautiful blonde-haired girl – looking very out of place in this dark alley sitting on top of a pile of crates with her legs crisscrossed. She wasn’t looking at him, in fact she was staring at the wall in front of her, but he knew the throat clearing was for him.

“Hello?” she asked. “Is anyone there?”

It was then that the Vigilante realized that she wasn’t staring at the wall, or anything for that matter. She held the blank gaze of someone that was blind.

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anonymous asked:

do you have any tips for being autistic and handling uni? i’m like three months in and struggling

i’ve answered this a lot, but unfortunately no, i dont

i don’t handle uni well at all + have never coped with any educational setting well and my performance and commitment and motivation fluctuates rapidly because i struggle so much

the small things i try and do are

  • remain really disciplined in my routines to make bad and good days easier
  • communicate openly and honestly with my tutors *** cannot emphasise this enough, it makes all the difference to have a tutor on your side + aware of your situation and needs
  • let myself rest when i need to, no matter what’s due + despite any pressing academic responsibilities 
  • visual prompts stuck up around my apartment to help with executive dysfunction
  • working for as long as possible when i do feel good
  • keeping a planner so that even if i’m behind in work, im aware of everything happening, whats coming up, whats overdue etc
  • being aware of quiet places i can escape to in uni if i need a few minutes/half an hour to myself
  • recognising within myself when i’ve reached my daily limit while at uni (i struggle with the studio being too loud + can feel when im about to become too overloaded and should go home to continue working)
  • recently i’ve found a couple of things that help me focus better + actually remain focused for a while- a yellowy/orange lamp, crunchy snacks on my desk, using the noisli app + i make sure to always do/have these whether at uni or at home to create a ‘working routine’ so that (hopefully) my brain recognises the steps and cooperates 
  • i take small stims to class with me to help me focus and process when the lecturer is talking
  • even though i have a planner i often find it useful to use a scrap piece of to ‘dump my brain’ on- i write down any uni stuff that is worrying me, anything overdue, anything coming up (i just jot down all my uni thoughts basically). 
  • i also find it beneficial to have another/separate weekly to-do list sheet to use alongside my planner, where i have more room and can write down everything i want to do (like chores and errands or  (more importantly) roughly plan out what uni work/modules i want to focus on on which days of the week)

thats all i can think of for now honestly, but hopefully it will help a bit! on my study blog i tag all autistic posts with “autistic-things” (link) so there might be some useful info there!

stay strong, im rooting for you !!

Imagine finding out about Bruce being Batman

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The bounds that strapped you down to the chair were chafing against your skin, as the bad guys who were standing around you, seemed to wait for something to happen. You had no idea why they even abducted you straight after work at Wayne Industries.

It didn’t take long until you could hear some noises outside, almost as if something was lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce.

Before you knew what was happening, the wooden ground caved in, a winged creature flying into the air. Your eyes were transfixed on the Dark Knight hanging by the ceiling. You breathed a sigh of relief, remembering the other few times when you had to be rescued - or more like, Batman deemed you a damsel of distress, while you were clearly capable of breaking a nose of one of the guys.

For some reason Batman fought more aggressively and intensely than usual as you could hear some bones crack. The groan leaving his lips as he endured a stab wound in his shoulder, felt like a punch in your stomach, knowing that you couldn’t stand to see him in pain because of you.

As a goon managed to get a hold of one of Batman’s gadgets, you gathered all your strength and anger by kicking him in the knees, making him fall to the ground and the grappling hook to get within the Dark Knight’s reach again. He used the man’s lost balance against him, by pulling by his pant leg with the help of his tech.

You panted, like your one selfless action already tired you out, before you looked up at your savior. “You know, I actually think I had it all under control.”

You savored the snort that left his mouth. “Let’s agree to disagree.”

You needed a few seconds to notice something was different about him, but then it felt like everything was starting to make sense. His voice modulator was no longer working, so you were able to detect his real voice.


“I never wanted you to find out like this.” 

(My first imagine, sorry if this was bad, I was a bit lazy with this.) @coal000 Take a guess who this is ;) Hope you like this, hon.


Day 86/100


Sitting on my new bed, drinking Oolong tea and reviewing my maths notes. :)
6 exams down and 2 to go! Although the last two will be the hardest I’m sure.

The exam I had today was quite easy for me! I just knew what to do (for most parts) and even finished early (practically skipped out of the exam hall)!
Monday’s exam was hard though. I felt nervous (which is actually rare for me) and wrote stupid stupid stupid things! I’ll be glad to pass it, which is such a shame because it’s one of my favourite modules! Ahh, I’ll just work hard on everything that’s left!

Porsche and Audi Join Forces

The green light has been given for the vehicle architecture of the future: Oliver Blume and Rupert Stadler, the Board of Management Chairmen of Porsche AG and AUDI AG, plan to cooperate even more closely. The objective of the new initiative is to shape the mobility of the future together.

Through the application of development capacities, additional scope is to be created for the topics of electrification, digitization & autonomous driving. This will enhance competitiveness so that the two companies can optimally utilize the opportunities for future model generations and better meet the challenges. 

Collaboration within the Volkswagen Group is nothing new. Audi, VW and Porsche have worked together successfully for many years in the area of SUVs, and with the new development cooperation, Porsche and Audi are positioning themselves for the next decade. In the coming months, joint teams will prepare the specific areas of cooperation and define the roadmap as far as 2025. The focus is on the joint development of vehicle architectures, modules and components. Project work will take place in various areas, each of which will be jointly headed by a representative of each brand.

september 22nd 2017

did chem review today andddd i’m about to do some modules for work, aye aye aye. i got assigned hella long term projects today so I’m gonna start working on those as well. since I’m starting my full work schedule next week, I am determined to get ahead so I’m not swimming in homework later.

Our brains are complicated devices, with many specialized modules working behind the scenes to give us an integrated understanding of the world. Mathematical concepts are abstract, so it ends up that there are many different ways that they can sit in our brains. ”

“A given mathematical concept might be primarily a symbolic equation, a picture, a rhythmic pattern, a short movie—or best of all, an integrated combination of several different representations. These non-symbolic mental models for mathematical concepts are extremely important, but unfortunately, many of them are hard to share.”

“Mathematics sings when we feel it in our whole brain. People are generally inhibited about even trying to share their personal mental models. People like music, but they are afraid to sing. You only learn to sing by singing.

—  William Thurston, 1982 Fields Medalist

anonymous asked:

When Supreme Leader Snoke dies suddenly from choking on a space jellybean, Hux and Kylo bond while they make it appear Snoke is still alive to maintain order. Kylo manipulates Snoke's body with the Force while Hux does the voiceover with a voice modulator. Their need to work closely together in order to pull the ruse off leads them to start viewing each other in a more positive, and attractive, way.


also this is the very first time I ever play pokemon. verdict is in: i suck at gym battles.

also I live in financial district area, so it is funny to see working men (and women, like me) walking around in front of a statue or something… all looking at their phone… catching pokeymans.

Just let me catch ‘em all 

Stan Pines, part 2/2

Stanley, either an eons-old demon is taking over your mind or I can’t tell the difference between your normal mannerisms and those of an inter-dimensional abomination. Could you please drive me to town so I can buy computer parts that will tell me, once and for all, whether my penchant for making assumptions about you knows any bounds?

[part 1]

[part 2, you are here]

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Agang kilig mga mamsh

Hahaha so day 2 na namin for training on child work module. Isa sa morning activity namin, binigyan kami ng papers cut into circle, 3 each participant, tapos draw a happy face tapos write our name din dun. Tapos, isulat sa likod yung name ng person na nakapagpa ngiti sa amin today o kaya yesterday. Isa sa kasama sa province, isa sa other provinces, at isa kahit kanino tapos ibigay na sakanila. And thennnn eto natanggap kooo

Kiligs ako mga bes hahahaha di ko ineexpect hahaha eto ang perks pag maingay ka chareng hahahaha kiligs ang puso ko talaga

Things I wish I’d been told:

1) Living with people who study the same thing as you isn’t always positive. Spending too much time together might cause tension eventually. 

2) Join a society that you’re interested in. There you’ll find people with similar interests to yourself. 

3) Go to your lecturer’s office hours. It’s often helpful, even if you’re scared.

4) Don’t let it bother you when people deny your capability. They are probably just insecure. 

5) Cut out negative people who make you anxious. They’re not worth the trouble and you’ll feel better when you don’t let them emotionally drain you. 

6) Keep in contact with the friends that actually care about you. You’ll regret it when you need someone close to talk to. 

7) Don’t be afraid of failing. Not trying is much worse. 

8) Don’t play it safe with your degree choice. Transfer to dual honours when you’re doubting your subject in the first few weeks. 

9) Go home more often. Especially when you’re feeling really down. It really does help to take a break. 

10) Take the group work module. Have faith in other people. You’ll probably enjoy it more than the ones you actually took. 

11) Take French in second year. You’ll probably appreciate the variety. 

12) Focus on yourself. Some people are better suited to exams. Just do the best that you can do, and don’t be intimidated by people with crazy good exam scores. It’s not the only thing employers are looking for. 

13) Spend time with people when you’re miserable. Even if you just go downstairs and say hello to your housemates. Being inside your head just makes you feel worse. 

14) If you’re feeling anxious, study with someone else, even if you’re doing different subjects. It helps to have someone nearby sometimes. 

15) Make the most of the places you love. When you graduate you probably won’t go back.