Sarah’s Awesome North Dakota Trip
Last July, I went to Grand Forks, North Dakota (population ~50,000) for two and a half weeks. My other job (besides wedding photos), NASA/JPL, sent our cool private jet with a radar pod to study soil moisture in Canada. WE DO SCIENCE. :)
See that white pod under the plane? That’s our radar! Built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
View of the North. Green and orange and flat.
This amazing doormat welcomed us at the Air Force base when we landed. Notice the snowflake behind the warrior?
Here’s what ND looks like. Nobody has to water the grass; these people look like they’re camping in the park.
It’s relaxing here… even the water towers are happy.
I had some down time. We checked out the local fair. This bull was huge!
Made a quick trip to Louisiana. My room flooded! But the food was good, and they gave me a dry room later. Crisis averted!
I made a short trip to Winnipeg, Canada - the SLURPEE capital of the world! Population: ~700,000. Way bigger than Grand Forks.
"What am I even doing here?"
Homeward bound with the whole crew.
If you’d like to know more about the science we do, and not just the fun pictures I take on my trips, you can visit our official website: NASA/JPL UAVSAR.
Your tax dollars are put to good use as our scientists study various environmental changes that affect numerous industries and lives. And while it may look like I’m just having fun, my very important work includes making sure other scientist and engineers can work effectively and efficiently. A recent notable project I created: Accessible Gulf oil spill radar data. A video of that trip.
And if you didn’t know, we recently landed on Mars!