It’s summertime once again here at Goddard, and summer means two things: mixing it up a bit with a special summer Blueshift series and summer interns. I’m Faith, back for another summer at Goddard, and considering I’m a recent college grad freshly released from my liberal arts college, it seemed only appropriate to use this summer on Blueshift to delve into the surprisingly interdisciplinary world of astrophysics at NASA. But wait! Don’t let the distinct un-summeriness of the word ‘interdisciplinary’ scare you away – think of it instead as a summer stroll through the lesser known branches of astrophysics . You may just be surprised by the astrophysical relevance of that Philosophy or Studio Art major that seemed like such a good idea when you were eighteen…
First, a little quiz to kick us off:
What do Jodie Foster’s character in Contact, 20th century composer Gustav Holst and pop-culture icon David Bowie have in common?
a) Perfectly tousled blonde locks
b) A propensity for wearing extravagantly ruffled shirts and leather pants
c) A tendency to express their love of astronomy and/or space exploration through sound
d) A deeply engrained passion for astrology, vegetarianism, and madrigal music