Space

The first human being to walk on the moon was an engineer. The space program that made those steps possible employed thousands of engineers.

Engineering has always had a critical role in our efforts to explore universe. Great challenges like going to the moon, creating colonies in space, traveling to and developing settlements on other planets demand creative problem-solving. Engineers are uniquely trained to bring these skills to teams of people that may involve scientists, mathematicians, medical doctors, and other professionals.

Engineers help design and develop the satellites and large-scale telescope that collect information about deep space and help us better understand the universe in which we live.

  • Zahra Khan
    Assistant Project Engineer
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    MA
  • Mikell Taylor
    Systems Engineer
    Bluefin Robotics
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Megan Harrington
    Mechanical Engineer
    Lockheed Martin / NASA
    MS, United States
  • Summer Williams
    Aerospace Engineer
    Jacobs (Engineering & Science Contract at NASA - Johnson Space Center)
    Webster, TX
  • Kate Gramling Posted on October 18, 2012 by Kate Gramling
    Skydiving from the Edge of Space
    It takes a team to make a record-breaking sky dive from the edge of space like Felix Baumgartner did on October 14. It takes engineers.
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    Latest Update: October 18, 2012

  • Egirl   Team Posted on July 20, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Nicolette Yovanof
    A Day in My Life: "I love being an engineer because I get to solve problems, work with people, and be involved in something meaningful."
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    Resource Added: July 20, 2012

    Latest Update: September 13, 2012

  • Nicolette Yovanof
    Engingeering Manager
    The Boeing Company
    Long Beach, CA, United States
  • Amy Devine
    Senior Engineer
    QuickFlex, Inc.
    Montgomery, IL, United States
  • Sibylle Walter
    PhD Candidate
    University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Egirl   Team Posted on March 27, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Hubble Telescope
    The Hubble Telescope, one of the largest and most complex satellites ever built, was the result of over 20 years of science research and engineering. Deployed April 25, 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery, Hubble barely skims the Earth's atmosphere, orbiting just 380 miles above our planet. It is the size of a school bus and looks like a five-story tower of stacked silver canisters. Each canister houses important telescope equipment: the focusing mirrors, computers, imaging instruments, and pointing and control mechanisms. Extending from the telescope are solar panels for generating electricity and antennas for communicating with operators on the ground. It is named after American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble, who among other achievements, discovered in 1929 that the universe is expanding. Every 97 minutes, the Hubble telescope orbits around Earth, moving at the speed of five miles per second -- fast enough to travel across the United States in about 10 minutes.
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    Resource Added: March 27, 2012

    Latest Update: September 5, 2012

  • Egirl   Team Posted on March 27, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Presidential Engineers
    Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter, both U.S. Presidents, had engineering backgrounds. Herbert Hoover, the United States 31st President, studied mining engineering at Stanford University, graduating in 1895. Jimmy Carter, the 39th U.S. President , attended Georgia Tech and the United States Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1946. Carter served in the Navy for 10 years as an engineer working with nuclear-powered submarines.
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    Resource Added: March 27, 2012

    Latest Update: September 5, 2012

  • Egirl   Team Posted on March 27, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)
    A series of radio antennas can produce an image equal to that of a telescope 22 miles across.
    Radio telescopes receive radio waves emitted by celestial bodies -- stars and other objects in space -- and convert those signals into images using computers and video displays. Radio signals from far away are very weak and require very large receivers to detect. Since a single receiver big enough to collect signals from many light-years away would collapse under its own weight, engineers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory created the Very Large Array (VLA). Twenty-seven, 82-foot-diameter dishes combine their signals to produce an image equal to one made by a telescope 22 miles across. The Array's dishes are linked by cable, which makes it the world's largest of this type. 
    Learn more about the Very Large Array .
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    Resource Added: March 27, 2012

    Latest Update: September 6, 2012

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