Status Report

Live NASA Web Chat With NASA Intern, Sept. 9

By SpaceRef Editor
September 7, 2010
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NASA is hosting a chat on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. EDT with Heather Arneson, a NASA Aeronautics Scholarship recipient and doctoral student at the University of Illinois.

Heather spent her summer at NASA working on ways to better control flows of aircraft into airspace impacted by weather. “Weather conditions in recent years have caused approximately 65 percent of delays,” she says. “I’m seeing how mathematical optimization and modeling techniques can help us use that space more efficiently and reduce delays caused by weather.”

Fewer delays mean more on-time arrivals! Something we all want.

Heather also worked for several years as a member of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Panoramic Camera Team, using her engineering skills to help acquire images of the Martian landscape.

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