fallen bots


Space

The exciting thing is Battlebots is back, and the fights this season have been incredible. Let’s be real, the fact that we have HD and slo-mo shots makes it more epic than ever. As someone who watched the original show in college, it was amazing to be a part of the experience. Here I am with co-reporter […]

July 18, 2015

book report: red rover


Books, Space

It’s a(nother) beautiful sunny day in Southern California, so I spent the morning reading Roger Wiens’ Red Rover, an interesting read about his time so far as a scientist in the world of space exploration. Roger is the principal investigator for the ChemCam instrument on Mars Curiosity, our rock zapping laser on the surface of the red […]

March 21, 2015

grateful


Space

I sat through a two-day review on the Europa Clipper study (fortunately I only had to present once). It’s not easy to listen to that much, but one thing that made my day was the level of appreciation people had for their coworkers. One coworker specifically opened his presentation by saying that he had assembled […]

December 11, 2014

patience


Space

Spaceships are tough work. From the time people make their first PowerPoint presentations on concepts to the time they gather data often takes ten, twenty years. A mission like NASA’s Pluto New Horizons sent out its first major announcement of opportunity – this is where a spacecraft concept exists, but actual instruments are solicited – […]

December 6, 2014