During the wee hours of August 6, I was curled up on my sofa with CNN on my television and NASA TV on my iPad, waiting for Curiosity, the Mars rover, to land. More than eight months prior on November 26, 2011, I had the honor of participating in a NASA Tweetup (now NASA Social) to learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission then watch Curiosity launch atop a rocket.Read More
Totally Gnarly! Viewing Our Solar System in 3-D
Hop an asteroid, get up close to a satellite and see the ENTIRE Solar System move in real time or see it move in four days per second with NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System. It’s a pretty cool 3-D look at the universe compiled with real NASA mission data. The program, compatible on most operating systems (Windows and Mac OS X are okay but sorry Linux users, you’re out of luck right now), looks at 100 years in space from 1950 to 2050. Doug Ellison, Visualization Producer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of Unmannedspaceflight.com, introduced the website to participants of the Nov. 25 NASA Tweetup at Kennedy Space Center.Read More
More posts about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) NASA Tweetup (Nov. 25 & 26, 2011) will follow soon but in the meantime, enjoy these snapshots. Additional photos can be found on my Flickr account.
Oh, and don’t ya just love this retro photo of me and my siblings at the Kennedy Space Center from 1981? Pretty awesome and yet, 30 years later, NASA still excites me, maybe even more.Read More
#NASATweetup: Rock Star will.i.am Partners with NASA, Has a S.Y.S.T.E.M. to Make Science and Technology Cool
We are great explorers, we are an exploring species.
~ Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator of NASA
Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back but rock star will.i.am is making science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) rock-and-roll-cool with a S.Y.S.T.E.M., stimulating youth around science technology engineering mathematics.
Coinciding with the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, the space agency invited the musician and technology advocate to share his enthusiasm during NASA Tweetup on November 25 and 26, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Science is Rock and Roll
The Black Eyed Peas front man told 150 NASA Twitter followers (including me!), who traveled from 10 countries and 37 states, “I realized when it comes to science and pop culture most people don’t think it’s cool.”