Culture: March 2009 Archives

Honoring Spacebat, More People Get Launched Into Space, Gizmodo

"For this week's Photoshop Contest, we asked you to depict more people and things being tossed into space in honor of Spacebat. You didn't disappoint."

Do As I Say Not As I Do

Editor's note: I find it interesting how NASA employee Nick Skytland @skytland sits at his desk at work, Twittering about NASA, and as a taxpayer, I am not allowed to follow his Twitter feed. Yet curiously, Nick is one of the more vocal NASA Gen Y employees calling for increased openness and use of these social networking tools. Seems somewhat hypocritical.

Editor's update: If I did not find clear value in what Nick Twitters as part of his job at NASA, I would not be complaining about the impediment he has put in place regarding my access to it.

Wayne Hale's Blog: Encouraging Innovation at NASA

"I have another video for you to watch, but before you do let me give you a little context. On this date, March 16, 1926, Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard, professor of Physics at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts tried out his newest invention in his Aunt Effie's cabbage patch near Auburn, Massachusetts. Pretty old cabbages in that garden in March in Massachusetts. Dr. Goddard's invention? The world's very first liquid fueled rocket. It flew; not very high nor very far, but it flew. And attracted the attention of the town's volunteer fire department - they asked Dr. Goddard not to do any more experiments there."

Worm Watch

Art of the Seal, NY Times

"Some things seem doomed to divide us: Lennon versus McCartney, Yankees versus Mets, boxers versus briefs and so on. If you love one, you'll probably loathe the other, and each camp makes an equally convincing case as to why its choice is right. For design nuts, one of those alpha-versus-beta divisions is choosing between the two logos of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA. One is the symbol that NASA adopted in 1959 and still uses today. It's the NASA Insignia, commonly known as ''the meatball'' for the obvious reason that it looks like one. The other is the logo that replaced it from 1975 to 1992. It, too, has an official name, the NASA Logotype, and a similarly self-explanatory nickname, ''the worm.''

Meatballs Devour Worms!!, NY Times (1999)

Worm Watch, NASA Watch



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