ThatGirlAtNASA@thatgirlatnasa

Research Scientist, Mars Climate
NASA Ames in California (BAERI)
(My posts are my own and not NASA’s in any official capacity)

www.thatgirlatnasa.com/

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ThatGirlAtNASA

Oh Mabel, I’m so sorry. The air is too yucky out there for us 😷 ~
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The AQI is predicted to remain over 140 for the next few days, and 239 on Thanksgiving. It’ll finally be “moderate” starting cyber Monday. Till then, my frustration grows and I try to refrain from getting sick before traveling to DC for AGU’s Fall Meeting. ~
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#AQI #CAMPFIRE #california #calfire #firefighters #paradise #health #smoke #bayarea #cabinfever #help #climatechange #needamask #stayinside


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NASA Ames is ~200 miles south of the flames of the NorCal fires and yet our world has looked like this for a week now. ~
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I’ve experienced a few smoky days from CA fires, but on this 8th consecutive day of AQI over 150 (when 0-30 is normal) I’m getting tired. I have asthma so I’m always coughing and my chest is tight and my throat is always dry and I don’t sleep well and my eyes sting and my nose hurts and I’m afraid I’ll have an asthma attack... then I remember how far I am from the fires and that I’m just one person feeling these feelings and I think, this is so much bigger than all of us. Thousands of people like me struggling to breathe, thousands have lost their homes and jobs, thousands of acres burned, thousands breathing in worse air than I, thousands of voices trying to explain that climate change IS a problem... ignored. ~
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These fires will continue to worsen as we continue to pollute the air with carbon emissions, methane, aerosols, and the like. Climate change means the EXTREMES become more COMMON: stronger & longer & bigger & faster & more frequent & hotter or colder & wetter or dryer fires/tornadoes/hurricanes/blizzards/dust storms/monsoons/droughts the list goes on and on. ~
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We need structural change on a major scale. So, continue to vote for officials who recognize the dire need to address climate change. Make your voices heard. Make sure your climate-change-denying senators know YOU demand they face reality. Let Big Oil companies know YOU KNOW and you SEE their part in this - they know it too! Shell was one of the first to put out a study on climate change in the 90’s because it threatened their entire business! Before it was political, it was accepted as fact. They’ve always known. We’ve always known. Time to face the music.


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I know you’re all wise enough to vote and I don’t need to tell you to go exercise that right, so instead I’ll say: cheers to voting!!! Your two fav goons pictured above managed to mail in their ballots before Mabel could tear them up! 🐾🚀
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#ivoted #rockthevote #exerciseyourrights #vote #voted #democracy #american #midterms #elections #politics #knowledgeispower #fundamentalrights #civicduty #timeoff #govote


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I showed you the second largest wind tunnel in the world last week - now take a look at the largest in the world!! Part of the same system as the 40x80 test section shown previously, this 80x130 ft section is massive. ~
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The first few photos face the inside of the tunnel. The next few that you probably recognize are facing the intake for the tunnel. This section has tested semi-truck drag, aircraft, and parachutes for spacecraft. What I think is super cool (and scary!) is that during a test of something like an aircraft, the crew can *and is often* actually on-board that aircraft in these tunnels during tests!!! 😱 suffice it to say, I would be terrified if that were me. ~
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In true Courtney fashion, I asked Joe (our cool tour guide for the day) whether or not birds fall victim to these structures. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen often. The intake velocity isn’t strong at all even a few inches away from the intake (on the outside). This is a simple fluid mechanics theory - that intake velocity is (loosely) inversely proportional to the surface area of the intake (or exit) space. Obviously, this intake space is huge. And much larger than the test section itself! ~

Remember, the intake is the size of a football field - end-zones included - stood on its side. ~
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For some reason, standing in these spaces really freaks me out. It’s not the claustrophobia, it’s something about the darkness beyond in the void surrounding the test section. Gives me the creeps just thinking about it. ~
••••••• #womenwhocode #womeninscience #journeytomars #🚀 #nasaames #windtunnel #aerospaceengineering #aeromechanics #fluiddynamics #physicsfun #womenofnasa


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We got answers, people!! Kudos to those of you who guessed FORTRAN!! @girlsreadtheworld @cbalogh @astrofisica_colombia @callallalla @ririnriu @jorgemauricio @_findyourhappyplace_ @dhesjourney and my dearest friend, @taylorcook95 ~
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it’s technically FORTRAN90 and the 90 really does matter. Although it’s close to FORTRAN77 (and though we do mix the two in our old model) there are important syntax differences to know. ~
Honorable mention to @rumilb I like your humor!


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The greatest thing about my job is the freedom I’m given; freedom to...
1. Choose my projects💻
2. Work on my schedule🏋🏼‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️ (for me it’s starting at 8:30am, for John it’s starting at 11am - whatever works!)
3. Work at home or at NASA🏡🚀
4. Take personal days, of which ‘mental health days’ are highly encouraged🧘🏻‍♀️😴🐾
5. Dress how I’m most comfortable - on Friday in this picture that was sweatpants and a t-shirt💃🏼
6. Show my creativity - be it tattoos or purple hair or office decor, I’ve done it all👩‍🎤💇🏼‍♀️💅🏼 ~
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Today I’ve taken advantage of #4 - a personal day. Just because I’ve been so tired that I don’t get up to my first alarm, which is so unlike me. Just because I haven’t taken one in a few months. It is 100% a privilege that I have this choice. I didn’t have it in college, I didn’t have it as a waitress, I didn’t have it as a tutor, a gym attendant, a TA, or a camp counselor. ~
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It’s something I don’t use lightly and I don’t take for granted. It’s also something I believe every person on this Earth has a right to! As societal norms evolve, I hope the privilege of these personal freedoms becomes a right that we all can enjoy to live a more fulfilling, healthier, happier life. ~
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Today, I might work a little. I might take Mabel for a walk. I might go for a run. But I’ll definitely enjoy the silence of being alone with myself for a while. ❤️☺️


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HAPPY FRIDAY!! I’m happily listening to podcasts while I tinker away on some old, old code for the SCC project. I’ve decided I finally know what I dislike most about my job: digging through my own old IDL scripts 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ at least it proves that I’ve seriously improved in my ability to write effective & fast scripts - and thank the universe I now use python 🐍 ~
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Sometimes when I’m this deep in code I get programming nightmares for a few days after. Anyone else? 😬 I know everyone from our team at the MCMC has experienced these horrible nights: stuck in an endless loop that no command can end and that you can’t seem to fix.... its frustrating. And this is when work is most exhausting. Even without the nightmares, coding all day is tiring! ~
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#coder #programming #IDL #Python #igers #sci #scicomm #cs #frontend #devops #data #bigdata #womenintech #thatgirlatnasa #NASA #ames #longdays #tgif #happyfriyay


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I am so thrilled to have been featured in this article showcasing my work & Creighton’s STEAM programs! I am especially glad the Haddix donation was mentioned - it is critical that science has the financial support it needs to thrive. I am happy to know the next gen of CU science students will have the support they need to finish school! ~
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Thanks to Kate Smith, a brilliant Creighton journalism major who spoke with me and let me share my thoughts on the importance of science in schools. I hope to continue spreading that message in the years to come. ~
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To read the article, check out the link on my FB page! ~
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#rolljays #creighton #cu #alumni #college #internship #feature #happy #igers #instagramers #bestoftheday #creighton #NASA #future #goals #dreams #motivation


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*more to come!* *still time to guess what the previous image is!!* ~
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Here are a few gems from yesterday’s National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex tour!! What you’re seeing here is the second largest wind tunnel in the WORLD - the 40x80-foot test section. NASA built this monstrous structure in the 1940’s as a closed-circuit tunnel for full-scale aerodynamics studies. It is now operated by the US Air Force under an agreement with NASA. Projects from the DOD, NASA, the Army, private companies like Boeing, and, of course, NASA are tested here. Examples: the Curiosity rover parachute & the Orion parachutes. ~
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The wind is driven by six, 40-foot diameter fans  with 12 blades each (usually 15, but a mishap forced a cutback to 12 for now). Each runs at 18,000 horsepower and can spike to 22,500 hp for two hours at a time. In the tunnel currently is a rotor for an aircraft like a V-22 Osprey - one that takes off like a helicopter then rotates both rotors forward to fly like an airplane. ~
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My NEXT question for you is -- if this is the second largest tunnel in the world, what is THE largest wind tunnel in the world? ~ ..
#nasa #nasaames #v22 #military #afb #moffett #siliconvalley #tech #testing #flight #windtunnel #nfac #lovemyjob #nasaintern #careersatnasa #womenofnasa #collaboration #interdisciplinary #explore #learn #discover #space #science #research #lab #airforce


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What is this??? (Hint: A sneak peek to what’s to come tomorrow!!) but for real, can you guess what it is? ~
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#NASA #tours #lovemyjob #guess #triviatuesday #work #aeronautics #nfac #ames #moffett #sfbay #bayarea #sjc


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Tonight!!! In the US, you’ll be able to see 5 planets - Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars - all at once! Look west in to the night sky at sunset and use the moon to guide you. You can also check to see if the ISS will fly overhead where you can watch at spotthestation.nasa.gov ~
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Tracking the ISS and looking for it is one of my favorite things to do. When you see the ISS, you’ll know because it moves across the sky in a slight arc much slower than a shooting star but much brighter than one, too. The ISS circles the Earth 16x per day, that’s 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets each day. Talk about messing up your circadian rhythm... am I right? Astronauts are tough stuff 🚀💪🏼 ~
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#astronauts #asscans #training #iss #spotthestation #NASA #nasaames #firstman #nightsky #constellations #planets #hobbies #stars #galaxy #smallworld #biguniverse #itsthelittlethings #science #tech


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