Jun 22, 2007
This is my summer break
Posted in: Academics & Research
There are no buffalo in california as I write this entry though I've searched far and wide.
Today marks the two-and-a-half week anniversary of my arrival at Moffett Field, CA next to the small city of Mountain View. To celebrate, I worked until 8 and started writing this blog entry. There's much to tell but if a picture's worth a thousand words, then 18 pictures are worth at least 18,000 words so let's get started right away no time to waste.
Pictures of NASA Ames: (I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to post these!)
Ames Research Center is the one with the funny hangar- it's our north star when we're trying to get home. The hangar is the big thing that towers all over everything else. It used to hold blimps. Now it just holds asbestos and lead paint and people aren't allowed in it.
I, as well as most of the other interns, plus a great many Google interns as well, live on base at the NASA Lodge. My mailing address is exactly as following: Lulu Liu, C/O NASA Lodge, P.O. Box 17, Moffett Field, CA 94035. Send me mail! I get lonely on my mile-long walks home across the base and always stop to check my mail :)
So what do I do? I work on a brand new satellite mission planned for launch in 2009 (2010?). I can't tell you too much more without upsetting my bosses. And here's another funny thing: my bosses read this blog! Hi bosses! Currently, I've been spending the past few weeks getting acquainted with the team and catching up with the project and I've delved into a mission design task-- coming up with a strategy for sky coverage and modeling each step of the mission and some other kinds of analysis :)
This was my desk when I took this picture, since, I've moved a couple of desks down. No matter, this picture is important because this is the Mission Design Center/Small Spacecraft Division where I work!! Fun fact! The mission design center at NASA does not have a license for Matlab! I have to use Octave! That's why my graphs are ugly!
I've been learning how to use STK (Satellite Tool Kit) to do some of my modeling -- overall a pretty freaking sweet program.
I've met more people than I can ever remember. My phone book has doubled- I HAVE AT LEAST 8 BOSSES!
In honor of my 3rd week on the west coast here's a poem:
Grass doesn't grow too well here.
It's essentially the desert.
There are no cloudy days and
Sprinklers work full time.
The sun rises at 6am
sets at 8:30pm.
You can get a tan sitting in your room.
I took a couple of pictures of Mountain View. Google started a project recently that hooked up the entire city with free wireless internet excluding our lodge. I've walked into town about 3 times, driven in at least twice (as a passenger), bought things ranging from sunflower seeds to pears to spoons, sat in bookstores reading and ate at a hawaiian barbeque place and just soaked in the wifi and the sun.
As of today, I'm officially LOCATABLE in the NASA Ames database! This is my email address that I got weeks ago: lliu@-freakin'-arc.nasa.gov (take that, spam-bots)
I haven't been to the beach yet. But I DID go on an observing trip with a 24 in telescope to Yosemite. Maybe if that's relevant to MIT I will post some pictures :( I dunno, is it?
In other news, it's totally not cool to live in California without a car.
Really, it takes something like Mountain View to make weather.com boring for me. I used to think it'd be sooo different in California but it's really just a wider version of the Northeast stuck on a really nice day:
Maybe I've just begun to take good weather for granted. Oh yeah, now I remember:
I do miss the occasional thunderstorm though.
Work is fun!