Category Archives: Adventure

Stainless Steel Starship

Welders in a Texas swamp have built a starship. But don’t bet against SpaceX. Starship is a prototype upper stage for a next-generation, fully reusable, two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle designed to enable the human exploration of the solar system and the … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Space Exploration | Leave a comment

After the Moonwalk

Iconic is Neil Armstrong’s photograph of Buzz Aldrin during the first moon walk, with Armstrong reflected in Aldrin’s visor. Much less well-known is this pair of photographs taken just after the moon walk. To my eyes, Armstrong seems exhausted but … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Space Exploration | Leave a comment

“Contact Light”

Our TV is broken, so Aunt Nora invites us to her apartment. (Aunt Nora isn’t really our aunt, but she introduced our parents to each other, so that’s what we call her.) My brother Jim and I lie on the … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Space Exploration | Leave a comment

March Meeting — Guest Blog by Katie Shideler ’21

Having never been to a physics conference, or even to the city of Boston, attending the annual American Physical Society’s March Meeting was all around a new and incredible experience. Being able to present my research to physicists from across … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Fun, Physics, Students, Travel | Leave a comment

Falcon Heavy

I was supervising Jr IS, but as I circulated around the lab, I watched the clock. Everyone was working quietly. Just before launch, I snuck back to my office and closed the door. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy was surrounded by … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Space Exploration | Leave a comment

Gossamer Flight

As a kid, I devoured the pages of Popular Science magazine and was fascinated by the quest for human-powered flight: Was a flying bicycle possible? In the mid 1970s, I read that aerospace engineer Paul MacCready had assembled a team … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Physics | Leave a comment

More on Amsterdam!

As promised, I’m posting a bit more about my trip to Amsterdam and the Netherlands in general.  I was able to work a little sight-seeing in during the working part of my visit.  And, I was able to time my visit … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Exploration, Travel | Leave a comment

Thermal exam on the plane

Robin missed his Thermal exam – because he presented his research on ‘Posters on the Hill’ in Washington, DC. But Wooster offers exceptional experiences as, for example, taking your make-up exam on the plane back from DC to Cleveland.

Posted in Adventure, Physics, Students, Travel, Wooster | Leave a comment

March Meeting 2017 – Guest Blog by Michelle Bae ’19

  March Meeting 2017 — New Orleans!   When we arrived at the hotel I had a mini scream-out-of-excitement inside. Yes, because it was fancy and was my first time seeing a bathtub since winter break, but mostly because there was … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Physics, Students, Travel, Wooster | Leave a comment

Wooster Physics at the University of Oregon

Last week I had a wonderful trip to the University of Oregon in Eugene to give a colloquium for the Department of Physics.  This was my first visit to the university, and actually my first visit to Oregon at all! … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Architecture, Physics, Students, Travel | Leave a comment