Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Meeting the legendary and incredible Burt Rutan

Last night, here at UNF, the university and the Worlds Affair Council hosted a talk given by the one and only Burt Rutan. For those of you who don't know who Burt Rutan, he is one of the most innovative aerospace engineers there ever was. He designed SpaceShipOne, the first ever commercial spacecraft, as well as many other amazing aircraft.

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Mr. Rutan spoke last night on a few different topics. He spoke of the work he did, and about some of his designs; he highlighted the history of the space industry and its current "shortcomings". Mr. Rutan also spoke about how radical change needs to happen in the industry so that the youth can become inspired to go into the STEM fields.

One of the most powerful quotes of the evening I thought was, "In ten to fifteen years, there will be nobody on the planet that has walked on another world." How bizarre is that!? Once the astronauts that did walk on the moon (the ones that are left are not exactly young), all die, there will be nobody on the planet that has been to the moon. How weird... (coincidentally, this was Mr. Rutan's mantra for the evening.)

After his talk, Mr. Rutan stayed to answer questions and sign copies of his book, and I went up and spoke to him. I asked him how he got to become such a big player in aerospace, and about the materials SpaceShipOne was made out of. I also got a photograph with him, (which unfortunately turned out horribly, but I'll still share it with you all!) I know my geeky side comes out when I say this, but I was so star struck meeting him. I was meeting an idol of mine, and it was incredible.

Burt Rutan and I! 
It was such an honor listening to Burt Rutan's talk, as well as being able to talk to him afterwards. It is an experience I will never forget.

His talk will also be shown on CSPAN for anyone interested!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

STEM links of the week

3D-printed biological robots use heart cells to crawl to life
Tiny biological robots created from 3D printer technology

Nuclear One-Two Punch Could Knock Out Dangerous Asteroid
Destroying asteroids with nuclear bombs is becoming more reality and less science fiction.

Former KSC shuttle hangar undergoes massive transformation
Major changes are underway at Kennedy Space Center as the space shuttle has retired.

Astronauts to Get Thanksgiving Feast in Space
Space food has come a long way since man first started traveling in space!

MONSTER 'SUPER-JUPITER' DISCOVERED





Pretty in pink!

If you haven't figured it out by now, I love space. It's a pretty well known fact; space just fascinates me. I love looking at Hubble images and just seeing the universe in ways I will never physically be able to. I especially love space images that are pink. (I'm a girl, what can I say?) I know that they are pink because of the filters used, (most images that are pink is due to filters to show hydrogen emission), but I love the coloring nonetheless. This post is a tribute to "pretty in pink" space pictures. 

Lagoon Nebula

Small Magellanic Cloud

M-81 Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

Antennae Galaxies: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Butterfly nebula

NOTE: None of these images are mine. Not all image credits could be found. All image credits go to NASA, ESA, Hubble and proper entities. 


Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Adventures

Happy Thanksgiving! How did the holiday treat everyone? I definitely have experienced the most interesting Thanksgiving of my life this holiday season. I spent the day in Enterprise, Alabama with my family. My younger brother is currently stationed out here, and my family decided to spend thanksgiving here with him.

We couldn't get my brother until later in the afternoon, so we spent the morning wandering the marvelous town of Enterprise. Our first stop was the local BP, where we got breakfast. This BP also serves as the town's local food joint; half of the gas station is a restaurant run by two elderly ladies. For $20, we got a huge, home cooked breakfast... In the middle of BP.

This is the BP. It's a normal BP!
Yummy breakfast! 

We then headed to downtown Enterprise, home of the famous Boll Weevil statue. you read that right; the only statue in the world honoring an agricultural pest.

Boll weevil statue, Enterprise Al.


I also took pictures of the downtown area; it was very cute and cozy! I really liked it. After that, my family headed to Fort Rucker to pick up my brother. The surrounding areas were gorgeous; cotton fields were everywhere and the land was beautiful. And seeing my brother was awesome!







I hope all of my followers had a fantastic Thanksgiving as well!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers Banquet


So this weekend, an awesome friend of mine invited me to accompany him to the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers Banquet in Cocoa Beach. The keynote speaker was Ron Jones, President and Chief Technology Officer of Rocket Crafters. It was hosted at the Hilton of Cocoa Beach, (the same hotel where I met Bob Cabana and several astronauts at a launch party in the summer of 2011.) It's a gorgeous hotel, right along the beach.


We arrived around 6:00, when the "social" part of the evening was to take place. We walked in and got our name tags, and waited around for people to show up. My friend and I talked to some cool people, including a man who runs a science website. I told him about my blog, it was awesome talking to someone else who runs a site with a focus on science!

I met some students and faculty as well from the Florida Institute of Technology; they were presenting on their lunabot for the NASA Lunabotics competition. Below you can see my friend and his design partner with their 3D printed wheel design mold. Funnily enough, I knew one of the guys on the senior design team from when I interned at NASA. What a small world!

Dinner was served, and it was so delicious. (I could go on forever about the food, but that's irrelevant.) After dinner, two senior design teams from Florida Tech spoke. The first team that spoke is trying to design a rocket that can launch to suborbital heights. The second, the team that my friend is on, spoke of their NASA Lunabot.

Billy, CJ, and their mold

Then Ron Jones, the keynote speaker, spoke. He spoke about his company, Rocket Crafters, and what they are trying to do. Rocket Crafters is developing hybrid rocket motors and a craft that has dual jet/rocket propulsion so it can fly like a plane in sub orbit to quickly transport goods and people. Their website is here: http://rocketcrafters.com. What Rocket Crafters is trying to do is fascinating, and I can definitely see it being an integral part of future transportation and logistics.

Ron Jones 
It was an awesome banquet, and I'm really glad I had the opportunity to attend. Maybe one day I'll be the keynote speaker... ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

STEM links of the week

Water Worlds, Tatooines, and Earth Twins: Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope’s Greatest Hits
An article outlining some of the greatest find of the Kepler Telescope

Project Orion raises hopes that Britain could have its own man on the moon
The European Space Agency and NASA are discussing a collaboration for manned space flight through the Orion project.

Homeless Planet Found Wandering Near Earth’s Solar System
The closest planetary body to our solar system has been discovered, and is believed to be a "wandering" planet, a planet that does not orbit a star.

'Perfect' invisibility cloak works by tackling reflected light
Duke University scientists have made an "invisibility cloak" involving microwaves.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Greatest tattoo that ever was?

This is the most rad and incredible ink I have ever seen. The detail is so amazing, it looks so realistic.... I would pay any amount and travel to any destination to get tattooed by whoever did this magnificent piece of art. Seriously, look at the Eagle Nebula on the last two photos and compare it to the below image:



Look at how it so closely resembles them!

This is a MIND BLOWING tattoo. I can't even begin to describe it.

If anyone knows the artist that did this tattoo, or knows whose tattoo it is, please contact me!

Monday, November 12, 2012

GIVEAWAY: I am thankful for my readers: laptop decal giveaway

Hey everyone! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, 3...2...1... is hosting its very first giveaway! Thanks to Decals For Macbooks, one lucky winner will be chosen to win ANY decal of their choice from the Decals For Macbooks website. You don't need to have a mac, or even a laptop to win this giveaway. The decals will stick to any flat surface. I won a decal from Jamila over at Girl Gone Geek, and I am very excited to be hosting my first giveaway. I picked the Jedi Order crest when I won:


Winning is very easy!

HERE ARE THE RULES

1) Anyone can enter, but please ONLY ENTER ONCE. 

2) Comment on this post with something you are thankful for. (Answers do not affect who wins!)         YOU MUST COMMENT ON THIS POST. (Not on facebook, twitter, email, etc.) 

3) Like 3...2...1... on Facebook so I can contact you easily if you win. The link to the page is here

4)If you are not a blogger or do not have a google account, please use your first and last name in the comment so I can contact you on facebook if you win. (Again, please like the page so finding your profile will be easy!)


A winner will be chosen at random to receive any decal of their choosing. I will contact the winner when it is determined.

CONTEST ENDS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23!

Below are a sampling of some of the decals they have, but they have many more. I'm sure you can find one you like. Good luck!



Monday, November 5, 2012

Exploring the underground world

Caves... They are such a wonderful geographic feature. As someone who grew up in Florida, I had never been exposed to caves until I visited my aunt in Missouri a little over a year ago. The first cave I visited was Bridal Cave, in Missouri, and it was incredible. My love for caves grew from there, and I visited a more local cavesite, the Florida Caverns in the Florida panhandle. Caves are just so cool. Just to think how long it took for the stalagmites and stalactites and other features to form is just so crazy. They look so cool, and when you enter a cave, it's like entering a whole new, underground world. Here are some pictures from my cave adventures.














Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Currently

Hey everyone! This month's "currently" post won't be too different from the last, but this is just an update of what's going on! 

Loving: That the weather is finally starting to cool down! I can actually wear my jackets in the morning and wear my plaid shirts. (I have an extensive plaid shirt collection.)

Reading: Just like last month, other than textbooks, I've been reading a Storm of Swords. I'm soooo close to being finished! 

Listening to: Right now, I'm listening to "Walking in Memphis" by Mark Cohen (video below). I've been listening to the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack a lot lately. Perfect music for when I'm studying and doing homework.


Anticipating: The arrival of my laptop decal that I won from Girl Gone Geek! I WILL BE HOSTING A LAPTOP DECAL GIVEAWAY AS WELL, (any decal of your choice from http://decalsformacbooks.com, so be on the look out! ANYONE can enter!)

Thinking about: Whether or not it's going to be cold tonight for when I go to my friend's bonfire! 

Watching: I've been watching a lot of Supernatural lately. This is one of my favorite shows! 

Working on: Homework! I finished my report on my CAD project. My project is a greatly simplified (and not perfect) space shuttle. What do you think?

Wishing: That I had more time to blog. I try to blog as often as I can, and I've had recent inspiration, so hopefully this month will make up for last month's scant blogging! 

What have you all been up to lately? Feel free to discuss in the comments! 


Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy birthday to the International Space Station!

Today, November 2, is the twelfth birthday of the International Space Station! Today marks the day of the 12th anniversary of the date that humans have occupied the ISS, and there has always been someone occupying the space station since that date.

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The International Space Station is essentially a giant research lab the size of a football field that orbits the Earth every 92 minutes. 15 countries have been a part of the construction of the ISS, and astronauts from all over the world, representing many countries, have occupied it.

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The ISS conducts many scientific experiments for the sake of research. It conducts research in areas such as astrobiology, astronomy, space medicine, life sciences, materials science, and many more. Students can even send experiments to the space station!

Astronaut Leroy Chiao operating on the BCAT experiment (Source)
So, happy birthday to the International Space Station. Here's to many more fruitful years!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

3...2...1... now has a facebook page!

It's taken me a loooong time to finally do this, but we now have a facebook page! It's another easy way to get blog updates from 3...2...1... , so go check it out and like it! (And if you haven't followed on here, you should do that as well.) Anyways, you can go like my page here:
https://www.facebook.com/thequantumview


Star Wars, Episode 7 and beyond.

So, in recent and shocking news, Lucasfilm, creators of the beloved Star Wars franchise, has been bought by Disney. Here is a link detailing the story.

I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, and I am not so sure I am happy about this development. Disney plans on making more Star Wars movies, and I'm just not sure I'm too happy with this. I am a die hard fan of the original three movies, and the newer movies, although awesome, are just not as endearing and amazing to me as the original three. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill discusses how he knew Lucasfilm was planning the 7, 8, and 9th Star Wars episodes, but was shocked about Disney's acquisition of the company (here).

I just don't see how the series can be continued on without being a huge disappointment, honestly. If Disney were to go along the lines of what George Lucas envisioned for his next three movies, they may stand a shot, but I don't see how Disney is going to entice fans to jump on board with the new installments. I know many diehards like me are unhappy with the franchise being bought by Disney, and we are going to be very skeptical of the movies that come out, so Disney has to try to win us over, as well as gaining new friends. I think Disney is great, but I'm not entirely sure they can successfully pull this off. Who knows, maybe they'll blow our socks off with three new incredible movies, but I see a lot more to lose here than there is to gain.

 This would be like, in twenty years, J.K. Rowling sells off Harry Potter and they make more movies (although I am certain there will be an extension of those movie in the years to come). This would also give people a lot of mixed feelings. I'm excited, uneasy, and shocked about the movies, all at the same time.

What do you guys think about Disney buying Lucasfilm and the next three installments of the Star Wars series? Feel free to discuss in the comments!