Hello fam it’s been awhile because we’ve been so busy here on NISAR getting a lot of our design into the software that will be implemented over the next few months. Our team has been working super hard and it’s all wrapping up in a week, so we can hopefully enjoy our holidays and come back next year refreshed! Anybody else have lots of work to do before the end of the year?
Woke up at 4:30 am to see Half Dome lit by a nearly full moon with M44 Beehive (thanks for the correction, @babaktafreshi ) rising just over the top and it was perfect. Thanks @yosemitenps and @usinterior for keeping these parks so beautiful. And nature for just doing it's thing. Also watch out @babaktafreshi 🤣
The Moon and Jupiter are so close right now, and orbiting the Moon, preparing for a landing in about 15 hours from the time of this post, is @isro .in's Chandrayaan-2 mission. . We were fortunate enough to get to see the lander being assembled (sorry no photos allowed ) as part of a visit two years ago for the joint NASA - ISRO mission NISAR that we work on, so I'm particularly excited and hopeful for tomorrow! I'll post updates in my stories!
Phobos set against the backdrop of Mars and it's atmosphere. This picture was taken by @isro .in's Mars Orbiter Mission (also called Mangalyaan ) which arrived at the red planet in 2014. . Several of us who work on a joint NASA-ISRO mission called NISAR went to see a blockbuster movie called Mission Mangal last week and if it's playing near you, I'd recommend it. It's not the most technically accurate, but it highlights some really important aspects of the mission, including some characters based on people we work with, as well as some of the innovative techniques the team used to accomplish the mission. . How would you all feel about an Instagram live where we all watch the movie together when it comes out on streaming? Let me know if you're in in the comments below! . 📷:ISRO
One of the most beautiful experiences I've ever had was sharing the Apollo 11 mission with thousands of people on the National Mall. Even though I'm sure it's only a fraction of what it must have felt like to watch it live, 50 years ago, it's still something I wish everyone could experience. Thank you, @airandspacemuseum
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept" - John F. Kennedy . Photo 1: Moon Photo 2: Moon & Jupiter (at right )
Fashion icon? . But seriously the @apollo11show was a lot of fun and definitely got caught up in the excitement and felt a glimpse of what it must have been like to be alive for it. If you're in one of the cities they're visiting, and especially if you have kids, I'd recommend it!
Hello, it's me, your friendly neighborhood (if your neighborhood is space ) spacecraft engineer here to remind you of my face, and let you know what I've been up to, which is: helping develop one of our next big Earth science missions to help us better understand the changes happening in our own world. . And I'm also here to tell you that even though I often seem to have it together, it's real stressful work, and there are plenty of times where it feels overwhelming. So sometimes I just like to break down the problems into small pieces and just do what I can. Like tonight I just decided I was going to clear out email for awhile because my inbox was stressing me out. Little victories. Suggestions welcome👇🏽
Dragonfly is going back to Titan! . Following in the footsteps of Cassini, and the Voyagers, NASA chose the Dragonfly mission to go back to Titan today, a rotorcraft to fly across the surface studying chemistry and habitability of this moon of Saturn. It will launch in 2026 and arrive in 2034! . This picture of Titan was taken in 2005, by the Cassini mission.
"There be wheels, Captain" -Scotty . Wheels are getting installed right now for the Mars 2020 rover! Made (carved, really ) from a solid block of aluminum, these wheels are slightly narrower and thicker than Curiosity's wheels, based on lessons learned by the rover on Mars, and feature a modified tread pattern (they sadly do not say JPL in Morse code ). . You can watch the assembly live - link is in my bio!
Got to visit a friend who's working on @jaxajp 's MMX (Martian Moons eXPloration ) that will launch on 2024 to examine the two moons of Mars and even more excitingly, bring back sample from Phobos! We think there's also material from Mars coating Phobos so we should get some of that too. It's a pretty exciting mission and I can't wait to see it in action! #jaxa #marsexploration #phobos