my computer crashed and took something I was working on with it

it took about 20 minutes to boot my computer and I think that’s a problem. good thing I’m a patient person.

I saw #Gravity. it was a good movie I guess but it had some glaring issues. like the fact that it was impossible. it was also pretty upsetting on several levels.

I have a pounding headache and feel nauseous and completely exhausted and I think I’m getting ill.

my family is here. they still want to go to church with me tomorrow. maybe will be too sick to get out of bed. 

I have a lot of homework to do and I feel like death.

I wonder what my friends are up to. hope they’re having a better time of it than I am.


Happy Birthday, Dr. Mae Jemison! (October 17)

Mae Jemison was the first black woman to travel in space, part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Jemison has always had a connection to the arts, particularly dance and theatre, but of course she’s most noted for her scientific career.

Jemison entered Stanford at age 16, where she studied chemical engineering. Of her time there, Jemison has observed:

Some professors would just pretend I wasn’t there. I would ask a question and a professor would act as if it was just so dumb, the dumbest question he had ever heard. Then, when a white guy would ask the same question, the professor would say, “That’s a very astute observation.’”

She received her doctorate of medicine from Cornell in 1981 and served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer from 1983 to 1985. She was admitted into the astronaut training program in 1987 and finally went into space in 1992.

After leaving NASA in 1993 to found her own technology company, she got a chance to appear on Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Second Chances” as Ensign Palmer. She was contacted by a mutual friend of hers and LeVar Burton’s, who told him about how much Jemison loved the show.

This made her the first real astronaut to appear on Trek, but it wasn’t her first interaction with Trek stars. Before going on the Endeavour in 1992 she called Nichelle Nichols to thank her for inspiring her as a child, and she promised that, in tribute, she would begin each shift by saying, “Hailing frequencies open.”

She got a chance to meet Nichelle again on the set of TNG (pictured above).

In 1996 she was interviewed in Stanford Today and said she feels responsibility to help pass on the kind of inspiration she got from role models like Nichelle Nichols/Uhura:

“Public figures can be images..Images of what other folks can be or how they might live their lives.”


Cape Canaveral, Florida. October 11, 1968. Apollo 7 astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham blast into the beyond on the first mission in the United States’ Apollo program to carry a crew into space. The mission would last 10 days, 20 hours, 9 minutes, 3 seconds, completing 163 orbits around the Earth before splashing down in the North Atlantic.

(Sources: 1, 2)

I volunteered for a number of reasons. One of these, quite frankly, was that I thought this was a chance for immortality. Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for.

Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter, in the 1962 book “We Seven.” Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, died today at 88 (source)


Letters between Barbara Morgan and Wang Yaping

Wang Yaping was the first Chinese teacher on orbit, Barbara Morgan the first American teacher. To celebrate Yaping’s achievement, Morgan sent her a letter:

Dear Wang Yaping,

On Behalf of teachers and students around the world, I send you greetings of honor and love as you orbit our Earth and prepare to teach your lessons from space. We are proud of you. We wish you and your crewmates safety and success. You will be very busy up there, but please remember to take time to look out the window. China and all of this world are beautiful.

Sincerely yours,

Barbara Morgan

In reply Wang Yaping answered:

Dear Ms Barbara Morgan:

My colleagues and I are delighted to receive your letter so far from Earth. Thank you for your care and good wishes for us. We also want to extend to you our admiration and respect for what you have done for manned space programs and for education as well. Today, we successfully delivered a lecture to millions of Chinese students, sharing with them the majesty and beauty of outer space, and the joy of learning new things. I hope you and all of the teachers and students elsewhere on Earth enjoyed the lecture. During our ongoing flight, I have frequently gazed upon our beautiful home Earth through the window of our space module. Space is where mankind places its most fantastic dreams while knowledge is the ladder to a better understanding of what exists beyond our Earth. We would like to join the efforts, as you have done, to bring science-loving youth around the world closer to their dreams of exploring the universe.

Wang Yaping Chinese astronaut
From Tiangong-1 June 20, 2013.

source: Xinhuanet