This week, Beth gains a deeper understanding &
appreciation on how COMPUTERS help NASA explore the cosmos with her returning
guest and Resident Space Expert Dean Mikolajczyk. Here are the
- Dean shares his insights from his days as
programmer for the MARS rovers Spirit and Opportunity!
- Dean explains how a democratic computer system works
down to the second before a launch SAFE MODE (and why this feature on
computers is so important).
- The reason why Space X lands on a barge… (it
depends on the payload, and trajectory, and a few other things). It’s a beautiful partnership between computer
software and hardware.
- Are the
computer programmers the unsung heroes of our lunar landing successes? Dean
answers this and all of my Casual questions on this fun episode.
“Humans are flawed. We’re also three miles from the launch pad. So even with binoculars, we couldn’t be able to see/ assess a problem, so let’s leave it up to the 20,000+ sensors on the external tank and on the Space Shuttle itself.”
- BS Technical Photography
- MS Astrophysics
- NASA MER Mars program
- NASA Public Relations
- Astronomy instructor & lecturer
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