Their formal names were slide rules, and folks called them “slip-sticks.” They were literally analog computers. Many years ago, slide rules were de rigeur for engineers and scientists, and especially several generations of high school and college students.
Not only that, but Neil Armstrong used one, according to a recent Wall Street Journal blog.
A team from Virginia Tech is at Wallops Island tomorrow morning (Thursday, August 23), for the launch of a suborbital rocket, carrying with it their experiments--and their hopes for a future in space exploration.
WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report. Video segment courtesy of the University of Colorado.
The Mars Science Laboratory’s spectacular landing August 6 was not only a game-changer in space exploration, but it opened the door for scientists to answer a most compelling question: What happened to Mars? We know that eons ago, Earth and Mars were a lot alike. And in a recent interview with Science Matters, Dr. Joel S.
The recent success of NASA’s Mars Scientific Laboratory mission to deliver the Curiosity rover safely to Mars was due in part to the research conducted at Hampton, Virginia’s NASA Langley Research Center, which goes back decades.
The NASA Langley Research Center has been involved in the historic Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover mission with contributions including:
A nationally recognized math trainer, educational researcher and curriculum developer, Dr. Hollee Freeman, is the new Executive Director of the MathScience Innovation Center. She succeeds Dr. Julia H. Cothron, who retired this spring after leading the Center for twenty two years. Dr. Freeman brings an exciting mix of talents, education and experience to the Richmond-based Center.
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