November 2012 Blog Posts (6)

How Did I Get Here?

I can remember being drawn to natural science and science in general at an early age. Sure, I was like most kids and watched Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Today’s Special and many other children’s programming. I think my first *real* exposure to science was from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, where he would visit other people and their jobs. He taught from the get-go that learning was a good thing and to never be afraid to ask questions. I was always asking questions about how things worked I would…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments

ISS at Night

http://player.vimeo.com/video/45878034

This is a fantastic video! Stunning beauty that only a select few will ever get to see, at least at this moment in time. Hurtling around the Earth at 17,500mph (nearly 5 miles per second), gazing down upon the Auroras and looking out into the Milky Way Galaxy.

Humans are barraged with centrisms their entire life, but when one understands the true scale of things, all of those centrisms…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Team NASA

Many Americans have a favorite sports team; teams for whom they cheer when they take on rivals. When a group of people congregate to root on their favorite football team, say in a local pub, the energy involved and the sense of camaraderie experienced can be spine-chilling. Even if the sports team loses, the sense of connection remains and is still indescribable; through ups and downs all leading up to the point to where your team has either succeed or they have not.

This is how I see…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 4:55pm — No Comments

What's Wrong with this Picture?

The distribution of funds through the US government needs a change, and fast. NASA currently runs on just half-a-penny on the dollar from the tax payers. Look at what we can accomplish with that pitiful amount and think about what WILL be possible if that amount was raised to just a penny. The only limiting factor with what’s possible is the amount of money funneled into NASA; it has been said that for every dollar you invest into space exploration you get back ten. Sounds like a worth-while…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Gaining Perspective

When we grow up we’re typically told the facts about the world around us without ever really getting involved with discovering for ourselves. I remember looking through a book on planets and space complete with illustrations and pictures of various celestial objects when I was young and being fascinated. But again, everything was learned facts and some were expected to be regurgitated on tests later on. While this is just the style of accepted education, it is far less superior to actual…

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Added by Shawn Bailes on November 29, 2012 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Welcome to McMurdo!!

Greetings fellow astrobiology enthusiasts!

My name is Britney Schmidt.  I'm a 30-year-old planetary scientist/geophysicist/astrobiologist, whatever you want to call me by, but basically, I'm obsessed with ice.  That might sound strange, but it's a fascinating substance, and it's the most abundant form of water in the universe, so for those of us who are inspired by the search for life in the solar system…

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Added by Britney Schmidt on November 26, 2012 at 9:27pm — 3 Comments

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