On August 21, the United States will be witness to an event that hasn’t happened in 99 years, a total solar eclipse that will span across the entire North America!
“An eclipse was never on my list of things to do, but after seeing two of them, it should be on everyone’s bucket list,” says Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA Astronomer and Deputy Director of Science Communication. “When you see the sun being covered up by the moon and these little balls in space line up, it doesn’t look like a sky from this planet. It looks like something that … READ MORE
How A Thunderstorm and The International Space Station
Turned A Swim Meet Upside Down
Most people think that you need a high-powered telescope to spot the International Space Station, but believe it or not, it’s much easier than you think.
It was pushing 9pm, the final swim meet of the season was only half over, and we’d already been at the pool for more than 4 hours due, in part, to a half-hour “thunder delay” and deluge that hit during warm-ups. My girls were tired, hungry, but still eagerly anticipating the second of their two races each on the night.… READ MORE
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
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