An Internship Full of Curiosity & Rocket Parts

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — Flight Software Engineer Intern (June 2014 — Oct 2014)

Long Tran
Long Tran
Jan 27, 2015 · 7 min read
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“Dare Mighty Things”

Curiosity — Paving the Path for Mankind

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The Mighty Curiosity

The Flight Software Core Team

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The software teams org chart
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A platform for many future applications

So… What do I do exactly?

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My cube
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Around the Lab

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Curiosity’s Test Model at the Mars Yard
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A test model of Opportunity, Curiosity’s predecessor
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Wear-and-tear test on different rovers’ wheels config
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SMAP project
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Missions ground control room
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Wild life is always welcomed

What I Learned

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Perks

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Interns BBQ kickoff event at CalTech
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More interns BBQ
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… catered by the best
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Free movie tickets to see Optimus Prime riding dinosaurs
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Lucius Fox … I mean, Mr. Morgan Freeman at an intern event on the importance of space exploration
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Free, daily lessons on patience

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