Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Well that was fast!

Soyuz is docking with the ISS right now (10:30PM Eastern Time) Check it out here!

UPDATE: Docking complete. Soyuz is now part of the ISS.

Destin from SmarterEveryDay talks about how the whole procedure of getting from Earth to the ISS goes. Check it out here!

New ISS crew!

From my friend Melissa:

3 astronauts are being flown up to the ISS at 5:02 pm (Eastern Time)--  NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of Japan. They’ll catch a ride up in a Soyuz spacecraft launching from Kazakhstan

Check out the Live Feed Here

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Nerd HD Panel at SDCC

I'm proud to call myself a nerd, so when I found out about this discussion panel at San Diego Comic Con with Chris Hadfield, Nathan Edmonson, Adam Savage, Alton Brown, Bobak Ferdowsi, Alison Haislip, Zach Lipovsky, Clare Grant, and Nathan Fillion, I totally geeked out. They spoke about everything from their careers (yes, people asked questions to other panelists than the astronaut), the future of nerddom, and how they themselves nerd out when meeting their pop nerd idols. One of the best quotes from Chris Hadfield, "There is nothing more important than what you are doing right now". I highly recommend giving this a watch.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Travel Week

I've got a bit of work travel this coming week. It's fitting since I may be visiting one or more NASA sites in the south...

Speaking of NASA, this week is almost exactly 9.5 years from when New Horizons was launched, and the journey is reaching its ultimate milestone: the Pluto System. On July 14, New Horizons will fly by the former furthest planet in our system. Keep track of the mission here and see all of the gorgeous imagery that New Horizons has sent back.

For an addition treat, the NY times has made this small documentary about the mission. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Collapsing Bubbles!

For my PhD, I did a lot of work in cavitation detection. I learned a lot about how bubbles form both in cavitation and in boiling. In this video, the Gallery of Fluid Motion creates a bubble using a focused laser, and takes high speed video (at several speeds) as well as Schlieren Video in order to detect the shock waves from the various bubble collapses of the initial bubble, and each of the fluid structures it creates.

Check out a whole bunch of other cool videos at to see more fluid mechanics madness!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Expect the Amazing out of Old Tech

Westerlund 2 — Hubble’s 25th anniversary image

I read a lot about photography, having just picked it up as a hobby, and hear a lot of discussion about people needing to have the latest and greatest tech in order to take better pictures. After reading this article by The Guardian, I'm pretty sure none of these people have any clue about what it takes to make great photography. Hubble has 8 imaging sensors, with the latest having been upgraded in 2009, but most are from 2002 or earlier. Even then, the tech used had to be extremely reliable, hence it was probably outdated even for then. Hubble repeatedly sends down some of the most amazing and beautiful images, and I don't hear NASA complaining about how they could be some much better if only they got the brand new Canon 5DSR up on the scope.

Needless to say, I'll never blame a bad picture on my camera, no matter how old it is...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

3D Printed Marble Machine

Who doesn't love Marble Machines! This little kit was made by Jazzmyn Ellsworth, who is 14 years old. She designed the parts inspired by some of the things people were building with a MakerBot. She give this warning to those who might want to build their own, especially at such a young age:

Warning, side-effects may include: Increased Success in the future and swelling of Awesomeness in areas of STEM.

Well said Jazzmyn. Check out the article as written by Make:

.75 Caliber Homemade Cannon

This gorgeous cannon was made by Ticktock34 on imgur. It actually fires, which you can see here. You can also see the photos of the entire build process here!