What’s in a name? Part I
In my High School debate tournaments there was this kid with a out of this world name - something like Orion Cosmos.
You’d think with a name like that, this poor kid would kinda look like somebody who’d been teased a lot. Who shrugged when spoken to, who would hate to introduce himself during roll call, who would dread the question “So what kind of name is THAT?”
And it was the opposite. Orion Cosmos was awesome. Everybody liked him. He was happy to introduce himself and his weird name. He was magnetic, and was famous in debate circles for learning circular breathing: he could breath while he spoke and thus didn’t have to pause to take breathes during speech debates. His confidence was endearing and infectious.
That kid totally owned his name. Reminds me of Die Hard, when John McClane was figuring out Zeus Carver’s name for the first time: “Zeus?” “Yeah Zeus! As in, father of Apollo? Mt. Olympus? Don’t fuck with me or I’ll shove a lightning bolt up your ass? Zeus! You got a problem with that?” “No, I don’t have a problem with that.” Zeus Carver definitely knew who he was and one of the reasons why Die Hard II was better than the original.
In high school we’re trying to figure out how to be social. There were kids who tried everything to get friends: wear the trendiest clothes, get the latest gadgets, gossip, do whatever their friends said so they could be part of the club. Then there were the kids who had come into their own, who knew who they were and what they wanted. The latter kids were naturally attractive and popular. And the former kids, well I think most of us figured it out by adulthood: trying to please everyone isn’t attractive.
Being who you were meant to be is naturally attractive. It doesn’t matter if you have a weird name like Orion Cosmos or Zeus Carver, or your age or ability. We all admire people who come into their own, from all walks of life. They know their insecurities, and have some control over them instead of ignoring them and being controlled by insecurity.
In part II, I’ll talk about changing the name of Unitarian Universalism, and why this all matters, but I’m sure you can make some connections yourself.
Now I want to change the family name to Cosmos.
NORFOLK (Aug. 12, 2013) Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) load an Orion capsule onto the well deck of Arlington as part of NASA’s first key Orion stationary recovery test at Naval Station Norfolk. NASA is partnering with the U.S. Navy to develop procedures to recover the Orion capsule and crew after splashdown. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Barnes / Released)
My career has taken flight to new heights that I never imagined before. As a parachute consultant for the Orion Spacecraft, I find myself working at over 10,000 feet to ensure the parachute system tests go as planned.
There are a lot of cool aspects to my job: learning new systems and working with extraordinary people. I enjoy working with the photographers on the chase helicopter during the parachute drop tests. I’m in the helicopter with the doors open, working with the team to make real time decisions to capture the right shots.
I bring experience to Orion from my work for the Navy — parachutes for ejection seats and bailout systems and chutes of all sizes for anything we need to slow down. I also work with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab helping to design chutes for a Mars landing. Designing for Mars presents a whole new set of challenges and we’ll use this knowledge when humans travel to Mars on Orion.
I am proud that the work I do can and does save lives. It was very rewarding to work on the bailout system for the Shuttle astronauts, knowing that they could escape if there was a problem. My greatest accomplishment is working on a parachute system that saved the lives of a crew after their Navy aircraft caught fire.
I was born in Des Moines Iowa and grew up in Jefferson City Missouri. I was inspired by my older brother, who was an engineer. I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia and began working at the Naval Warfare Center a year later. In 2005 my colleagues asked me to join the Orion Program.
I would tell students that there is a world of opportunities in the engineering field. Engineers have a chance to make a difference not only in the space program but in the lives of families and people all over the world.
Stepping into the Orion Crew Module
NASA astronauts Cady Coleman and Ricky Arnold step into the Orion crew module hatch during a series of spacesuit check tests conducted on June 13, 2013 at the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The Orion crew module will serve as both transport and a home to astronauts during future long-duration missions to an asteroid, Mars and other destinations throughout our solar system.
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Stafford
That’s a beautiful thing.
The above image shows the nebula in three colors specifically emitted by hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur gas. The whole Orion Nebula cloud complex, which includes the Horsehead Nebula, will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years. — César Blanco González
Orion Crew Module at Kennedy Space Center
Astronaut Don Pettit watches as a technician works on the Orion crew module inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at Kennedy Space Center on March 21, 2013.
The last of eight reaction control system (RCS) pods for the first flight test of Orion has arrived at Kennedy Space Center’s Operations and Checkout Building from the manufacturer, Aerojet, in Redmond, Wash. The pods will provide the critical maneuvers necessary for Orion’s re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere during Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), scheduled to launch in 2014.
Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry humans farther into space than ever before. The spacecraft will provide emergency abort capability, sustain crews during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep-space return velocities.
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Image Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis
As the Mission Planning and Analysis lead for the Vehicle Integration Office, Nujoud is responsible for the sequence of mission events and ensuring Orion’s power and thermal systems performance will meet mission needs. The coolest part of her job is building a new spacecraft that will take humans further than ever before – doing something that has not been done in the last 40 years.
Nujoud is most proud of developing the crew optical alignment sight – a device that the crew put in the spacecraft window to align the vehicle to the stars or have reference for approaching spacecraft.
As a child, Nujoud had an interest in airplanes. Her father was also an engineer, making a career in aerospace engineering a logical progression.
Orion in the Inaugural Parade
The Orion space capsule along with NASA Astronauts Lee Morin, Alvin Drew, Kjell Lindgren, Serena Aunon, Kate Rubins, and Mike Massimino pass the Presidential viewing stand and President Barack Obama during the Inaugural Parade on Monday Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Orion will carry future astronauts beyond Earth orbit to farther destinations than ever before.
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls