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Elizabeth's journal about her experience at International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Read on to find out what she did...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Rocket Launch

Today's lectures were about satellite applications, remote sensors, and the heart in space. In the afternoon we met with our departments. The business and management department had two guest lecturers, Philippe Clerc who is head of the legal office for Arianespace and Stefano Fiorilli who is head of the procurement division for space infrastructure at the European Space Agency (ESA). At the end of the lecture we were given the details for our department project. We have been asked to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP). I'm in a team of 4 people. One of them is Chinese and doesn't speak English well, so it is going to be a challenge, but that's what its all about.

The design department put on a model rocket launch for the public after our lectures were over. They had an Arriane V, a Soyuz, a Canadian rocket, the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV), and the Spaceship One. The CLV and Spaceship One did the best by far. It was fun to see. There were 3 astronauts that joined us. One from the US, one from Canada, and one from China. Mr. Yang Liwei was the first Chinese astronaut to orbit the Earth. I managed to get a picture with him before he got annoyed by everyone asking for pictures. The astronauts were the launch managers for the rockets from their countries, which means they did the countdown to launch. After all of the rockets were launched we had a question & answer session with Mr. Liwei.

A few of us decided to skip the cafeteria dinner tonight and went out for Indian food. Believe it or not, I think this was the first time I've ever had it. It was pretty good. Although, I expected it to be spicier.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are managing to have fun to go with all the learning. The culture presentation pics are great. I have also enjoyed the pics and descriptions of "Tool Time Taylor". We received A Louisiana Tech Magazine for Spring/ Summer '06 yesterday an found you featured, along with 2 other alums, on pages 24 & 25 in a section titled "Out There and Loving It". I know the RFP project will be another opportunity to grow and you will do well.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy, E!! I am the WORST friend for JUST NOW reading your blog! Welcome to the blog world, by the way. I'll have you know that I just read ALL your posts. Now I may not understand them all, but I read 'em! (I'm sure you & Ross can see that I did)

Your trip sounds really cool and challenging and I know you'll do great. You always put 150% in all you do and that's why you got chosen, girl.

Thought about ya at RG tonight. I have a xanga, so maybe I'll see you there, too! Have fun and get more sleep. Love the bathroom!

C <><

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