The new SOFIA observatory isn’t your average NASA project. Engineers took a 30-year old 747 airplane, cut a hole in the side and installed a 17-ton telescope. Most telescopes are either on the ground or somewhere in orbit, but SOFIA falls somewhere in the middle, flying around at about 40,000 feet.
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Karel Vredenburg interviews Jay Trimble who is Computer Scientist at NASA ARC and the Group Lead for the User Centered Technology Group. Jay tells about the NASA Ames Research Center, the major types of work they do, how user-centered approaches have been introduced there, what has worked best, and what the major contributions have been to the overall NASA program.
Amid the news of China picking a fight with the U.S. over Google, and Jammie Thomas-Rasset getting her fine reduced, we’ve got a goldmine idea for NASA. Gene wrote in to explain that instead of selling off the shuttles, NASA can just leave them parked at the space station. And we took it further with some suggestions of how and where to park them and what to do with them afterward. From http://www.cnet.com/8301-19709_1-10440707-10.html?tag=mncol;title
On Sunday night, while the rest of us were ooohing and aahing over gymnastics, a bunch of propeller heads at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were flawlessly steering a billion-dollar robotic space laboratory the size of a minivan to a landing on Mars.