David during environmental testing of New Horizons spacecraft at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), October 3, 2005. APL uses GSFC’s large thermal vacuum chamber to simulate the space environment, and its acoustic testing chamber to subject spacecraft to sound levels experienced during launch, which cause mechanical vibrations in the spacecraft.
David Kusnierkiewicz is the Chief Engineer of the Space Exploration Sector of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (APL), where he’s worked for more than 33 years. David studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, earning his B.S in 1976 and M.S. in 1982. Since then, he’s taken a … READ MORE
What a year it’s been for NASA. It seems like each day since New Horizons waved hello-goodbye to Pluto, the space agency has provided us with new, jaw-dropping perspectives on our solar system while whetting our appetites for future missions and discoveries.
This week, as we witnessed Juno’s rendezvous with Jupiter’s orbit, Raising Nerd took the opportunity to speak with one of NASA’s newest recruits, intern Madeline Gibson, as she begins her exciting career in the sciences by way of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
NASA Intern, Madeline Gibson, showing off some of her freeze-dried creations
Spacecraft Juno will inspire the NextGen of Nerds.
In 1981, I vividly remember my dad waking me up super early one morning so I could witness history. The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, launched that day. I don’t think I fully understood the impact the moment would have on science, space exploration or the entire … READ MORE