A Summer with NASA in Huntsville, AL

By now you all know that I was in Huntsville, Alabama this summer working with some awesome folks at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in the Damage Tolerance branch.  I got to see a lot of really amazing things while working in Alabama.  NASA is doing fantastically inspiring work every day.  I was extremely fortunate to have such a supportive group there to work and interact with.  Many of the engineers in the Damage Tolerance branch served as my mentors, leading me around the NASA campus and showing me many of the wondrous projects happening there.  More than that though, many of them became my friends…opening up their homes and weekends to me.  🙂

While at NASA, I was able to see a fit check (watch video at 2:50) between the 2nd stage of a Delta IV and the Orion spacecraft for the Exploration Flight Test 1, poke my nose multiple times into the 3D printing lab where they are starting to print components for actual rocket engines, admire the many rockets and test stands set up on the Arsenal, observe digital image correlation research performed on an actual solid rocket booster from the shuttle era  (I have done this kind of research too but on a very very tiny scale), and climb into a pressure vessel while inspecting a ding on the inner surface, to name a few of the amazing things I was able to do.  I hope you enjoy some of my snap shots 🙂

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Watch me! (see minute 2:50 for the fit check specific to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

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