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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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Air Signs - Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
Feather Heads 

She’s fading away
Away from this world
Drifting like a feather
She’s not like the other girls
She lives in the clouds
And talks to the birds
Hopeless little one
She’s not like the other girls, I know -
The Rasmus 

Each of the air signs signify unique stages of intellectual and social development. Flying high with airy wings harnessed to the mind, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are spirited, alert, and cerebral. Gemini is the child mind of Mercury, eternally young, free, and cheeky. Libra is middle aged, comfortable, virtuous, socially adept, and enjoying established relationships. Aquarius is the old age wisdom of Saturn. When it’s early in the morning and I hear the birds talking and chirping, enjoying the joy of making sound, I know the air signs have risen. Air is invisible, fluid, flowing, capable of vacating the animal and emotional realm in a moments notice, floating into the air like a balloon. Airy bubbles constantly pop in the mind to reveal new ideas and questions. Air diffuses through each of the elements, so the energy of Air never stops echoing, we have newspapers being typed all night, 24 hour news, a nocturnal social media network. Now we are in the Aquarius Age, it really is a time to be alive for airy people. The information they crave to devour can be accessed within seconds, they can communicate with anybody in an instant through the telepathy of their fingertips, they can share their thoughts with a broader audience than ever. So as we move into the Aquarian Age the qualities and talents of Air become held in esteem, so we will begin moving into the global recognition and awe of brilliant minds, scientists, writers, and thinkers. The Air signs do not utilise emotion as a tool of guidance, this can be their gift and their blind spot. Too often they can respond to emotive events with confusion or disconnection. This ability to ‘disconnect’ also opens the door for free movement of the astral body, so they can think themselves into new states of reality. They can disconnect from their emotional bias to form nonjudgemental and rewarding relationships based on the opportunity to learn and appreciation of different ways of being. Air longs for harmony, but their very nature provokes the opposite. It’s like wind, an invisible force that can erupt so much fury without needing anything physical. The objective mind of Gemini is capable of finding relationships in everything, a glowing display of synthesis. And their incessant conversation is the band that ties these worlds together as they find answers in everybody. Of course this can be irritating to those who can be frustrated at Gemini’s easy boredom or consuming questioning. But Gemini is that little girl that has just learned how to talk and now even better ask questions. This fascination never really ends. And this inherent fascination in Gemini becomes a fascination with personalities and people in Libra. They are personality profilers and character readers who spend a lot of time people watching and creating background stories for strangers. Gemini needs a relationship with information and energy and things. But Libra desires relationships with people. Libra cultivates law and morality, so the righteous and human aspects of air are especially exemplified as we progress. Their airy talents of communication are harnessed so they can engage with everybody in a non intrusive manner. The translucency of air that allows Gemini to so easily multiply permits Libra to reflect the vibration of people around her so they feel more comfortable. Now the conversation is two sided. And finally in Aquarius the global community is awakened. The conversation is with the whole world. We moved from the law of relationship in Libra, Saturn’s planet of exalt into his own sign of Aquarius. As we share information on the internet, we are tapping into Aquarius energy, the ability to convey information to collective masses. The chatter that began in Gemini becomes a conduit that draws drops of wisdom from heaven, ready to be interpreted and released by Aquarius. 


[art: kurtis rykovich]

I don’t think people give this generation’s of Disney Channel Stars enough credit. Like I said before, we have Cameron Boyce who’s white passing but speaks out about his black heritage and roots. We have Dove Cameron who’s a fucking angel, literally what I refer to as this generation of Disney’s Hilary Duff and who speaks up about girl power (plus, she and her boo Ryan are engaged and the cutest Disney couple since Zanessa). Zendaya, the BEYONCE of Disney Channel right now, who slays the game all fucking day and basically runs her own shit, do her own thang and pointing out REPRESENTATION. Skai Jackson, need I say more? Who wouldn’t love this child? ROWAN FUCKING BLANCHARD who vocally supports and shows so many respect to LGBT+, #BlackLivesMatter, Feminism and speaks out on so many fucking issues that literally she (and Zendaya) is like one of the very few Disney Channel stars that speak on all of these issues and more. We have Sofia Carson, who’s representing the Latina community of Disney and tbh it’s been since WOWP since we had that. Not to mention the cast of Stuck in the Middle, clearly that’s representation of a big Latina/Hispanic family that Disney has not done in years. Sabrina Carpenter, who’s voice is like a breath of fresh air, one of the talented voices that Disney has ever consumed. And there’s so much more and so many current DC Stars that are bringing a new light to what was a dim Disney Channel. People are so quick to not like what they see because it isn’t what it used to be for them. Well, I believe and I know these stars are talented and bringing new material to a growing world and network.

aspect education

major aspects

conjunction - 0˚ apart, orb of 8˚, neutral
combines two planets in one single force, ,most powerful neutral aspect

opposition - 180˚ apart, orb of 8˚, tense
puts two planets in conflict and creates difficulty between them, very powerful tense aspect

square - 90˚ apart, orb of 8˚, tense
creates friction between planets, powerful tense aspect

trine - 120˚ apart, orb of 12˚, harmonious
brings planets together, most powerful harmonious aspect

sextile - 60˚ apart, orb of 4˚, harmonious
brings planets together

minor aspects

semisextile - 30˚ apart, orb of 2˚, harmonious

semisquare - 45˚ apart, orb of 2˚, tense

quincux, 150˚ apart, orb of 2˚, tense

sesquiquadrate - 155˚ apart, orb of 2˚, tense

(semisquare, quincux and sesquiquadrate are all like weak versions of square)

biquintile - 144˚ apart, harmonious

quintile - 72˚ apart, harmonious

chart aspects

grand trine

equilateral triangle shape, three planets in all of the same elements

  • in fire - very enthusiastic, searches for new possibilities 
  • in earth - talents lie in practical work
  • in air - talents lie in intellectual work
  • in water - very sympathetic, compassionate and intuitive

grand cross

square shape, four planets in all of the same modes 

  • cardinal - may have energetic problems/assertive behaviour
  • fixed - doesn’t let go of problems
  • mutable - uses adaptability to avoid conflict


two planets in opposition, both square to a third planet. all in the same mode

  • cardinal - exceptional dynamism/energy
  • fixed - excessively stubborn
  • mutable - solves/avoids problems with adaptability

mystic rectangle

gives the best potential for constructive use of talents


the ‘kite’ with a grand trine, tense aspects are provided with an outlet by the trine. called “high flyers,” people with this aspect have good potential for success. 

Air diffuses through each of the elements, so the energy of Air never stops echoing, we have newspapers being typed all night, 24 hour news, a nocturnal social media network. Now we are in the Aquarius Age, it really is a time to be alive for airy people. The information they crave to devour can be accessed within seconds, they can communicate with anybody in an instant through the telepathy of their fingertips, they can share their thoughts with a broader audience than ever. So as we move into the Aquarian Age the qualities and talents of Air become held in esteem, so we will begin moving into the global recognition and awe of brilliant minds, scientists, writers, and thinkers. 


“INFINITY of INFINITE” (turningpoint428 / wh_honeytree / hogam1991 / yeolgrina_0827 / l_aile_com)   

@soooldout @whiteconfession 

STAN TALENT. STAN EXO. (pt 1) (pt 2) (pt 3) (pt 4) (pt 5) (pt 6) (pt 7) (pt 8) (pt 9) (pt 10 - other talents) (pt 11 - talent?)

Inside my head

“I love you.”

Every time I imagine us saying that to each other it’s always you first, because I’m too damn scared to say it like that. I know for a FACT I’ve said it to you before. Every chance I get and even sometimes when it doesn’t make sense. I’ve said those words to you HUNDREDS of times. You just didn’t understand how serious I was.
So excuse me for not saying it like that first, but your going to have to take the lead on this one. Because I don’t want to freak you out.
You don’t understand. I notice EVERYTHING you do. That little smirk when I do something not quite right. How your eyes light up when we talk about whatever your passionate about. How your laugh sounds when we joke around. How you smile when you do something you enjoy or how happy you are when you talk with your friends. How you connect with people you just met and bring out the stars in their eyes. How you can make even the worst situation seem like a dream.
See the only problem with this is, it will never happen. You will never say those three words to me in THAT context. You will never realize all the little things I notice. I will never be like that, to you.
So I’m sorry, that in my head I have to lie to myself. About you. And about our relationship, but you deserve SO much better then what you have. You deserve the world AND the stars AND everything in this universe.
And most certainly, you deserve to be around people that see you for YOU. Not your accomplishments or your abilities, but you. Just you and your pure existence. Not those people that just see through you, like your just some door they can walk through or some window they can open just to get fresh air. YOU.

lonesilverhyena  asked:

Hey hey Ithro do you have any secret skills or talents? I know Sportacus can knit

Well…if I tell anyone about them, they won’t be secret anymore. 

Well, I guess I have some skills that not many people know about….

For one, I can sew. I’m not amazing at it, but I’m good enough at it to repair clothes when I rip them and stuff. 

And I can play the flute. 

Aside from that, I can’t really think of anything else that would be a surprise to you. 

It’s completely out of my hands. I’m looking at those people out there, but I don’t know what I’m seeing. And they’re watching me, too. But they don’t know what they’re looking at. My best guess is that they’ll keep on loving me till they start hating me, or their Waylon duds wear out. Because they already hate me a little, just because I’m me and they’re them. That’s why they always go on about how talented you are. Because they hate you. Because if they had this talent, they would be you. The fact that you’ve worked like a dog, lived like a horse thief, and broke your mama’s heart to do whatever you do, that don’t mean diddly-squat. To them, it’s talent. Supposedly, you got it, and, supposedly, they don’t. So eventually you’re bound to disappoint them.
—  Waylon Jennings, quoted in Dave Hickey’s Air Guitar

Talent Trade with @modbeachy - Skyward

Skyward is a earth pony with a love for flying. Born under a completely different name, she always ached for the freedom of the sky, and when a air-ship crash landed close to her old village, Skyward was quick to join the crew, ignoring her parents warning along the way.

Despite not having wings or magic, she quickly rose to the position of Captain of the air-ship, finding her talent in piloting ships along the way. Together with her crew she braves storms, pirates and all kinds of dangers, with a firm hoof on the steering wheel and a clear head, even admits the greatest chaos.

Shes a determined, hard worker, who only occasionally spends hours staring at the sky and having her breath stolen by the endless expanse of it.

Hope you like her!

The Elements

A lot of the time, astrology writers talk about the elements so much that they just presume we all understand what they are, what they actually mean concerning the signs. I’m guilty of this too, so I wanted to make a post explaining what energy the elements actually represent.

Fire- Fire is the rumble in the belly, that impulsive need to satisfy whatever it is you desire. Often, fiery folk can be combative, yet passionate, someone that has trouble fitting into a box but rather wishes to break the box completely, to live by whatever their heart tells them to do. Fire is desire, will and action. In other words, they get things done.

Earth- Earth is the ability of sensation, to tap into the cyclic rhythms of the world, to live in a grounded and practical reality. Earth folk can find themselves wondering about what is “appropriate,” what a tangible reality is, yet there is also a creativity here, an appreciation of anything that excites the five senses. Earth is often associated with physical goods also.

Air- Air is the whirring energy of thought, of conception, of ideas that whizz and fizz in the mind. There is an eccentricity of air, a mindful genius. Air is also the talent of words, communication and expression, even though airy folk tend to have a kind of detached aura to them, a cerebral quality, but often friendly none the less. Air can think up wondrous ideas, even if they aren’t always the most practical.

Water-  Water is receptive intuition, creating personalities that could often be described as empaths. Water is sensitivity, creativity and where the lines all merge into one, nothing ever black and white. Water is subjective, taking in the instinct of pure “feeling” over anything cerebral, creating a rainbow stream of conflicting emotions and ideas.