Yearly Archives: 2016


Happy Halloween with NASA pumpkins 2

Rocket scientists and other workers at NASA JPL held their annual pumpkin carving contest.  It was awesome in a way that only rocket scientists can deliver.  Check it out by clicking the image below and enjoy more from the NASA pumpkin carving contest. If you are on Twitter, look for #NASApumpkin.  (Look for me there […]

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How to find a group of fellow rocket scientists

Are you feeling lonely? Like you want to find other people who share your passions and interests, but don’t know where they are? Maybe you’ve looked on Meetup.com.  You’ve done a search for “aerospace [your city here]” and it’s come up empty.  (If you haven’t done that yet, now is your chance.) Maybe you have […]


Lockheed Martin Generation Beyond program launches for middle school students

If you are a parent, teacher, friend, colleague, mentor, or relative of anyone in middle school who shows any interest in space travel, tell them about the Generation Beyond program from Lockheed Martin. This article from engadget gives an excellent overview of the STEM program that focuses on aerospace technologies and careers. Here is a […]

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Sacramento aerospace – my new AO! (area of operations) 4

I have big news to share with readers of this blog.  My humble thanks and appreciation for all of you who have subscribed!  You’ll still see this relates to how to be a successful rocket scientist or aerospace engineer, so I hope you’ll learn something interesting too. Times are tough for many people who want […]


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How to get started with drones 2

Aerial drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs) are destined to transform our world.  Through industry, academia, recreation, sports, movies, transportation… they are a disruptive innovation that will be used in all of these areas. If you loved computers or computer programming ten years ago, and were looking for a long term career path, what […]


A must-watch (and free) rocket science resource to get smarter every day

How did I miss this for so long?!  Another aerospace engineer has been creating amazing videos on YouTube to help people get smarter every day.  Meet Destin from the SmarterEveryDay YouTube channel: This particular video from 2015 talks about the numerous setbacks that Space-X and other launch vehicles had in 2015 to deliver supplies to […]

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Free career development presentations and videos from AIAA SciTech 2016

Here comes a valuable and exclusive set of videos and presentations to help you advance your career in aerospace. You will be using two of the tips from How To Be a Rocket Scientist when you click the links below: Tip #7: Use free and informal education resources Tip #10: Appreciate and work on the […]


Gravitational wave discovery will transform rocket science

Eventually! Sure, it will take many more years.  Probably several more lifetimes of people like those in the announcement this week that gravitational waves were discovered after two black holes collided. We know that gravity exists.  But we don’t understand it well enough yet to create a gravity engine or anti-gravity machine.  Eventually perhaps a […]

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