The Forgotten Moonscape Crater Fields of the Apollo Program, in Flagstaff, Arizona

Did you know that just north of Flagstaff, Arizona, you can find a forgotten field filled with manmade craters that astronauts used to train for spacewalks during the Apollo program? It’s true! The Cinder Lakes crater field is a recreated moonscape that was made by the Astrogeology Research Program in collaboration with scientists from the…

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What it’s like when you meet an Astronaut

In all honesty, I originally wrote this blog post back in 2017 or 2018 during my internships at NASA. Yep, your math is correct – this blog post has been sitting in my drafts for over 4 years. I don’t know why I never posted it. Maybe because it’s kind of cheesy and awkward and…

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Experiencing “Roll to Pad” for the biggest rocket in the world: NASA’s Space Launch System in Cape Canaveral, Florida

I recently had one of those “how is this my life” kind of moments. You might remember that a few months ago, I got to see the biggest rocket in the world, the Space Launch System (SLS) shortly after it completed its full assembly at NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Kennedy Space Center. That…

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The biggest rocket in the world: NASA’s Space Launch System in Cape Canaveral, Florida

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the Space Launch System or “SLS” was recently fully assembled – and I got a sneak peek! The SLS has been developed for NASA’s Artemis program and is the most powerful rocket EVER built. A “super-heavy-lift launch vehicle that provides the foundation for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit,” according to…

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I Experienced My First Rocket Launch! in Cape Canaveral, Florida

If you don’t personally know me, I’m a HUGE aerospace + space nerd. Always have been. I mean, I’m a huge science nerd in general, but aerospace is one of my passions and is central to my career. I used to work at NASA but have since left to go into the private industry, which…

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7 Tips for Getting a NASA Internship

So you want to intern a NASA? I don’t blame you! In my biased opinion, it’s one of the best places to intern! Here’s a fun fact: you don’t have to be in STEM to intern at NASA. Yes, you can intern and work at NASA and not be an engineer or scientists! They need…

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A Rain Forest in the Desert?! Explore the Science at Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona

One of the most unique places in Tucson, Arizona, is the Biosphere 2. The Biosphere 2 is located to the north of Tucson, about 35 miles (or nearly an hour) from downtown. It’s one of the spots that nearly every Tucsonan has visited and recommends to anyone who comes to town. It’s operated and funded…

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Four Days of Science: I Attended NASA’s Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop in Galveston, Texas

Every year in January, NASA’s Human Research Program hosts its Investigator’s Workshop (or IWS for short). It’s a fascinating time filled with technical presentations and inter-mingling of cultures. The Human Research Program does essentially what you’d expect: it’s a NASA program that studies how the human body reacts to living in space. It’s quite a…

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