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Category: Aerospace Engineering

Mizzou Space Program spreads love of rocketry to young students

More than a decade ago, Mizzou’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) began hosting an annual rocket camp to excite elementary students about space and science. Mizzou Space Program is a student club of aerospace engineers who compete in yearly competitions, conduct research projects for corporations and certify memberships in the Tripoli Rocketry Association. MSP has also taken on the responsibility of hosting Rocket Camp this year. Each year, around 35 fifth and sixth graders from across Columbia spend…

New insight into why galaxies stop forming stars — ScienceDaily

Galaxy clusters are rare regions of the universe consisting of hundreds of galaxies containing trillions of stars, as well as hot gas and dark matter. It has long been known that when a galaxy falls into a cluster, star formation is fairly rapidly shut off in a process known as “quenching.” What actually causes the stars to quench, however, is a mystery, despite several plausible explanations having been proposed by astronomers. A new international study led by astronomer Ryan Foltz,…

The Soyuz Failure and Emergency Return

Proponents of manned space flight have looked forward to the day when space travel will be as routine as getting on a bus in Toledo to go to Chicago.  You don’t normally see national headlines when a bus breaks down, but when the Russian Soyuz rocket taking an American and a Russian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) last week suddenly failed and the astronauts had to be rescued by an automatic emergency system, it made the New York…

My First Grace Hopper Celebration

Cloudflare #GHC18 team I am 25+ years into my career in technology, and this was the very first time I attended a conference geared towards women. A couple of weeks ago I went to Grace Hopper Celebration (#GHC18), and I can still feel the exuberant energy from the 22,000 women over the intensive 3 day conference. I attended with our Cloudflare team; our purpose was to connect with women in the greater tech community and recruit new talent to join…

All eyes on Hurricane Michael — ScienceDaily

Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 10, as a major Category 4 storm — the strongest hurricane ever to hit that region. Many NASA instruments are keeping tabs on Michael from space, including the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR). The first image, taken by AIRS, shows Hurricane Michael just off the west coast of Florida on Oct. 10 in the early morning hours local time. The large purple area indicates very cold…

2018 @Scale Conference Recap – Facebook Code

The @Scale Conference is an invitation-only technical event for engineers who work on large-scale platforms and technologies. This year’s event took place on September 13 at the San Jose Convention Center, where more than 2,500 attendees gathered to discuss how to build applications and services that scale to millions or even billions of people. The conference featured technical deep dives from engineers at a multitude of scale companies, including Adobe, Amazon, Cloudera, Cockroach Labs, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, NVIDIA, Pinterest,…

From a humble plastic bag to ultra-light airplane wings — polymers are everywhere — ScienceDaily

From a humble plastic bag to ultra-light airplane wings — polymers are everywhere. These molecules are long chains of atoms that are chemically joined to play many roles that we all love (organic photovoltaics) and hate (indestructible plastic pollution). Polymers are useful in liquid form as well: the difference between tomato puree and ketchup is merely 0.5% of xanthan gum, which is a polymer made from sugar. Ketchup is thick but not sticky, all thanks to the xanthan chains that…

Curiosity rover surveys a mystery under dusty Martian skies — ScienceDaily

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA’s Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge. The panorama includes umber skies, darkened by a fading global dust storm. It also includes a rare view by the Mast Camera of the rover itself, revealing a thin layer of dust on Curiosity’s deck. In the foreground is the rover’s most recent drill target, named “Stoer” after a town in…

Uncommon Innovative Uses for a Smartphone

Smartphones have become the standard for communication in the United States and many parts of the world. Landline-based telephones have been replaced as the preferred method of vocal communication. Text messages and messenger apps are the means to which quick notes are exchanged; entire conversations spanning hours or days are held by passing messages back and forth. Access to the Internet and all of its information (real or fake) are at one’s fingertips. Posts on social media sites are made…

Dean Emeritus Thompson retires after 24 years with Mizzou Engineering

Jim Thompson, seen here with his wife and four children, retired Tuesday after 24 years with Mizzou Engineering. Photo by Amy Parris. After 24 years of service to the MU College of Engineering, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Jim Thompson retired Tuesday, celebrating his long career in engineering education with family, friends and colleagues. “I enjoyed my time here. I made more friends here than any place I have ever been, so I thank you,” Thompson…