Camilla Sdo, a mascot for NASA’s Little Sdo and the spokes person helping with Education and Outreach, inspiring children into the Sciences, Technology and Engineering Aeronautics.
The little rubber chicken named Camilla just had her second year birthday and it was fitting that she ask her viewers what they learned in the past two years to launch the 2nd Anniversary Contest.
Inspired by NASA at a young age of six years old, I use to copy NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first manned space mission on May 5th 1961. I remember taking an old chair, propping myself flat on the floor with my legs hanging over the seat of the chair, mimicking Alan Shepard. My helmet was nothing more than a football helmet that I borrowed from one of my friends. I was hooked!
A few years later a historical event took place that would shake the world, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon in July 20 1969 under the power of Apollo 11. Everyone in the world glued their attention to a small TV tube watching Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon with his famous quote,” That’s one small step for Man, one giant Leap for mankind...”With NASA’s Shuttle Program from 1981 to 2011, I have eagerly followed the triumphs and tragedies of brave adventurous astronauts.
And today isn’t any different with the easy of the Internet; I can follow Camilla, NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little Sdo) and STEREO educating us with videos, photos and literature. Camilla teaches us with humour, a creative mathematical equation that can only be seen within our hearts.
Inspiration with a dash of humour help children and adults become educated through NASA in a fun relaxed atmosphere with the truly wonderful mascot Camilla, the little rubber chicken.
It all began two years before, (Quote by NASA Little Sdo)”... On Feb 11th 2010 at 10:23 AM EST the Solar Dynamics Observatory mission, on board an Atlas V-401, started its journey to space. It was a beautiful morning with only a handful of wispy cirrus clouds crisscrossing the wintry-blue sky. As the countdown timer ticked to zero, a sundog formed over the launch pad. Little SDO left the launch pad gracefully and accelerated towards the sundog...”
Under Camilla’s spell I have learned about our Sun under the careful mechanical eye of Little Sdo and STEREO, a pair of satellites relaying information to Little Sdo, who is traveling the same speed as Earth, over 69,000 miles per hour in order to feed data to its home station in New Mexico. Little Sdo has a special orbit called geosynchronous orbit or GEO staying in constant orbital contact with ground control.
With these three remarkable satellites we now can see firsthand 360 degree of our Sun, giving us another historical opportunity to help scientists answer increasingly vital information about our Sun and how it affects Earth.
During the fall and winter months we are graced by the awe-inspiring Northern Lights, or known as Aurora Borealis named after the Roman goddess of dawn and Aurora. The Northern Lights dance across our skies showcasing a brilliance of colors in greens, blues and yellows. But it also is a reaction from solar eruptions from our Sun, leading concern to our scientists, figuring out how we can protect astronauts and our satellites from harmful bursts of radiation.
Personally I’ve been inspired by Camilla and as an artist I love to express my education by showcasing fun videos about Camilla and all her facebook and NASA friends during the last two years of Camilla’s existence. I look forward to another two years of fulfilled education with Camilla, Little Sdo and STEREO.
Thank you Camilla and NASA
J. Robb Montana is a science-fiction writer, presently writing screenplay, Black Angels for the next action-pack thriller blockbuster movie.