Category Archives: NASA

12 Inspirational Views of Earth From Space | Earth Day 2014

The 44th Earth Day is here, so take just a few moments to consider these game-changing views of our planet. Why? Their significance begins in the visual statement created through science and technology and persists through cultural awareness and human action.

The first Earth Day in 1970 symbolized the beginning of the modern environmental movement.  It galvanized the growing awareness and recognition that our species’ survival on this planet requires the planet to be habitable, the air breathable, the water drinkable. Continue reading 12 Inspirational Views of Earth From Space | Earth Day 2014

So You Want to Work at NASA?

An internship may just be the best place to start. However, even more important than a well-placed internship is the intern herself.

Life, in many ways, is about who you know.  I think we all wish it were different, but it so often plays out personally and professionally that the statement is hard to argue.  Accepting this truth, I’d like to move on to a more encouraging idea.  The idea that we actually have a significant role to play in our own future; that our actions and hard work will pay off in ways that we could simply never imagine.

Ironically, this video about NASA interns was my final project as someone who “worked at NASA”. In many ways, it was one of the easier stories to produce, from a technical standpoint.  However, it had a way of resonating personally, for one simple reason: Many years ago I jump-started my entire career by becoming a NASA intern.

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Anatomy of a Raindrop – by NASA

Anyone else think this looks like the Lorax? No?  Well,  maybe it’s just me. But I just love what this image is doing. It’s describing the creation of raindrops.  As the countdown to NASA’s Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Core satellite launch this week continues, rain is on the brain.  This new video (watch below), produced by Ryan Fitzgibbons of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, gives a fun, engaging and enlightening look into the creation of raindrops. What’s even more amazing: satellites orbiting the earth will be looking at these micro-characteristics as they fall through the atmosphere.  This is a step up from gathering rain on the ground via rain gauges. A huge step.

Watch it!  I think it will make you smile and teach you a thing or two about rain, namely: rain drops are not tear-shaped, they are shaped like the GPM logo.

Enjoy!

For more info, vist the NASA Story about this video. And keep up with the GPM Launch updates! The GPM Core Observatory is currently scheduled to launch February 27th, 2014, 1:07 pm EST from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.  NASA TV will begin coverage at 12 noon. If you can’t get it on your TV, check it out online!

Let it pour on me, darling…

Hang on for this one – it’s the rectangular trailer about the spherical movie about the NASA spacecraft.

I implore you:  watch it.  Then…read on! Continue reading Let it pour on me, darling…

Science On a Sphere

“So, what’s that like?”

“Well, it’s just like a six foot sphere floating in the room with all matter of data, animations and video projected onto the surface…”

Science on A Sphere displays the earth
The Earth displayed on Science On a Sphere.

“So,  how does it work? “

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I’m Certain.

It’s everywhere these days.  Uncertainty, that is.  You don’t have to look far. It seeps into our brain through a relentless string of news stories, constant reminders that, for the most part, we just don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s unsettling.

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