Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 23

“A superb machine in an amazing place doing everything possible to reveal the mysteries and secrets of our solar system… This morning, a lone explorer, a machine made by humankind, finished its mission 900 million miles away. To the very end, the spacecraft did everything we asked. We believe we got every last second of data. We have indeed accomplished everything we set out to do.”  ~ Earl Maize, Cassini project manager, referencing the September 15th demise of the Cassini spacecraft.

Cassini Fast Facts:
Launched in 1977
Traveled almost 1 million miles
Reached Saturn in 2004

From NASA Website: Swirling Patterns on Saturn

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 16 ~ Perfection of Cassini

“It was a perfect spacecraft…Right to the end, it did everything we asked it to. It’s perfect, it’s perfect.” ” ~Julie Webster, spacecraft operations chief.

 

Saturn’s North Pole, NASA Photo

 

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Farewell Cassini Spacecraft

 

 

 

 

 

Read More About Cassini’s final days:

The last image of Earth from Cassini

Startling Photos of Saturn

Cassini’s Voyage from Business Insider

From NASA

 

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Happy Birthday, Nancy Grace Roman!!!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Nancy Grace Roman!!!

One of the most influential “Makers” at a time before Makerspaces were in vogue, Dr. Nancy Grace Roman is an American astronomer who was one of the first female executives at NASA. She is known to many as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. Wikipedia
Denied tenure as a female, she left academia and continued on as Chief of Astronomy was the U.S. Space agency. Dr. Roman, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, pioneered research on the Hubble Telescope.
During the years when budget cuts threatened the research, Dr. Roman was able to conceptualize both the need and the desire of deep space research. She famously said, “For the cost of the night at the movies, every American would have 15 years of exciting discovery.”
Dr. Nancy Grace Roman was correct and since the Hubble’s launch in 1990, we have seen enchanting and amazing images of our expansive celestial neighborhood. Among the many, many discoveries from the Hubble telescope, is the discovery that the number of galaxies in the universe is two with 22 zeroes after it.

The Trifid Nebula, as seen by data from the Hubble Telescope

Read more about Nancy Grace Roman at NASA’s Oral History and this link from Voice of America

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Be sure to check out additional pictures from the Astronomy Picture of the Day catalog.

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