Apparently, radio waves broadcast out into space. So what if Earth is the planetary equivalent of that arsehole neighbour blasting shitty music at 3am?
It takes light-years to reach anyone capable of picking it up, but when they do it’s like we’re playing Skrillex, Beethoven, the Wiggles and Metallica simultaneously, at full volume with maximum bass.
Imagine Earth’s first contact being the intergalactic equivalent of Noise Control showing up to make us turn down our damn stereo so the rest of the galaxy can get some sleep.
So unreal to complete my first Mission Control shift!! (With a mentor)
Got to coordinate with people in Alabama and Japan, give one of the ISS GOs for the initial Dragon launch attempt (hopefully all goes well tomorrow!), and send commands to the International Space Station.
A snippet of a Klance-ish thing that I might be writing right now with like alien mind-control parasite-eque things.
*flings this into the internet and jumps back into my trash bin*
“Leave Lance alone. Get the fuck out of him, you piece of—“
“Pidge!” He lets out a mocking gasp, a scandalized hand over his
chest. “Watch your language, young
lady!” Shiro has to hold her back from him by the collar, his eyes steely.
“You heard her.”
“Well, seeing as you asked so nicely—“ He breaks off again, laughing
as he ducks to avoid a swing from a fuming Keith. “Okay, now this is just
getting irritating. Here, how about I don’t dodge your next blow? Let’s just
get this over with. Or you, Pidge, care to use that little bayard of yours on
“Go on! Do it! Hurt me, and him
along with me. That’s what you’re threatening to do, right?”
Pidge stutters, uncertainty in her
He smirks. “Exactly. Let’s just end
this little charade and acknowledge who’s really in control here, shall we?” He
takes a step towards Keith’s blade, smile widening as he pulled it away
slightly, the anger on his face being replaced slowly by fear. “I’m as good as
untouchable to you in this body, aren’t I, and I’d just hate it if something were to… happen to it.” He traces a fingernail
down the veins in Lance’s wrist; Hunk looks sick to his stomach. Lance laughs, throwing his head back in a way
that was far too familiar, too friendly, too Lance. Suddenly, he stops, and stares at Shiro like a predator, a
dangerous glint in his eyes. “Lovely. Let’s have a talk, shall we, fearless leader?”
Happy International Women in Engineering Day from your friendly neighborhood International Space Station Flight Controller, Spacesuit Engineer, Spacecraft Thermal Management Engineer, Spacecraft Communication Systems Engineer, and Flight Mechanics/Trajectory Engineer. 💪😁 #myfriendsareinspiring ❤
6 Ways NASA Space Communications Connect Astronauts to Earth
1. When Astronauts Phone Home, the Space Network Answers
Operated by our Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, this communications system enables all types of Earth-to-astronaut communication. The Space Network is a complex system of ground station terminals and satellites. The satellites, called ‘Tracking and Data Relay Satellites’ or TDRS, provide continuous communications for human spaceflight 24/7/365. The information this network relays includes astronaut communication with Mission Control in Houston, posting live video of spacewalks and live interviews with schools, even posting Tweets on Twitter and doing Facebook posts. The Space Network can even broadcast live 4K, ultra-HD video right from the station. You can now watch an astronaut eat a space taco in high definition. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!
2. The Space Network Also Communicates Science Data
Astronauts on the Space Station perform experiments on the station that will enable our Journey to Mars and other future human space missions. For example, astronaut Peggy Whitson works on a bone cell study that could lead to better preventative care or therapeutic treatments for people suffering bone loss as a result of bone diseases like osteopenia and osteoporosis, or for patients on prolonged bed rest. All that fantastic data is sent back to Earth via our Space Network for scientists around the world to analyze and build on.
3. The Space Network Transmits Spacecraft Health Data
The Space Network not only lets us communicate with the astronauts, it also tracks the ‘health’ of the spacecraft, be it the International Space Station where the astronauts are living, a cargo vehicle servicing the space station, or even, in the near future, crewed vehicles to other worlds. We deliver data on a spacecraft’s state of health, from power generation levels and avionics status to carbon dioxide and oxygen levels, and more to Mission Control 24/7/365.
4. The Space Network Helps Monitor Spacecraft Location
The International Space Station Is pretty big, but space is bigger. The Space Network enables flight controllers on the ground to provide a GPS-type service for the Space Station, letting them track the exact location of the space station at all times as it orbits the Earth. It also allows us Earth-bound folk to get real-time text updates when the Space Station is flying overhead. If you want to track the station, sign up here: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov
5. The Space Network Supports Launch Vehicles
Goddard’s Space Network also controls all the communications for all the missions that go to the space station. That includes command and telemetry services during launches, free flight, berthing and un-berthing to the station, as well as re-entry and landing back to Earth.
6. The Space Network Is Also Looking Toward the Future
It’s also helping to test vehicles that will carry astronauts to other worlds. Currently, they are working with teams for our Space Launch System and commercial crew vehicles. The first flights for these vehicles will occur in 2018 and 2019, setting us on the road to Journey to Mars! This image shows the Orion capsule that will aid in our continuous march into space.
What’s Next for the Space Network?
We’re continuing to grow! Watch out for the launch of a new TDRS spacecraft in August 2017! TDRS-M is coming. Check out more info here and join our countdown to TDRS launch: https://tdrs.gsfc.nasa.gov.
The best, most jam-iest music that needs to be on full blast. and moves that could ~kill~. Literally. Their daydreams only happen when in fast motion, whether it’s hopping, dancing, skipping, gettin’ down, or runnin around. Loves speakers, having the house to themselves, and socks. Hates that they can’t easily daydream when others are around.
The most common type. Earbuds are ~essential~. All they need is a comfy, climate controlled space to walk around and get absorbed. Love socks, hiking and the time when everyone else goes to bed. Hates when people ask them why they pace so much and always wear big ol’ sweatshirts.
The props person
Needs props. Always. Something to hold to make their daydreams more real, perhaps a bottle for when their para is at a party or a wand for the fantastical. A lowkey thespian. Loves collecting stuff (probably stamps), gloves and their siblings. Hates cleaning their room.
Talking to yourself! Acting out every motion! Pretends to be super tuff but is just a lil bab that must be protected. Contrary to popular belief, doesn’t enjoy acting. Loves being alone, hates when they get caught talking to theirself. The most highkey.
The lucky ones
Don’t need to move or anythin’, just a comfy spot to curl up in with some music and a few scenario ideas. Probably has organized pinterest boards for each of their characters, relationships and scenarios. Loves long car rides and browsing pinterest. Doesn’t hate anything tbh.
Which one(s) are you? I’m a mix of mover and shaker and thespian :)