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Joseph Gruber


Thoughts from a spacecraft engineering manager, photographer, coffee aficionado, and future Mars resident.


  1. DC Analemma - Week 1 (or Attempt 1!)

    Today marked week one of my attempt to shoot (digitally) an analemma in the Washington, DC area! Or I should say attempt one as I wanted to start last week but the wintry weather delayed the start until this weekend. I can hear you asking though - what is an analemma …


  2. My Journey with Sir Galahad

    Not a tale of the search for the holy grail nor adventures with the Knights of King Arthur’s Round Table, my journey with Sir Galahad has much more humbler beginnings. Normally at this time of year, around my birthday, I’d look back at the previous year and contemplate the lessons I’ve learned and the adventures had. This year though, each of my adventures and lessons have one consistent theme - Galahad. …


  3. A Weekend in Seattle

    While I originally had planned to visit Seattle, Washington during my long road-trip coming up next year, I quickly realized while planning what to do in Seattle that it would take much more than a single day to see all of what this area had to offer! …


  4. A Simulated Mars Journey

    This past week we celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. And in 16 years, according to NASA’s latest projections, humans will be stepping foot on another celestial body — Mars! …


  5. More Awesome, All The Time - Year 33

    Living without regrets for 12,045 days… …


  6. Science and Art: An Uncommon Pair

    While not a scientist and far from being an artist, I have come to have a deep appreciation of how both science and art allows us to feed our curiosity of not only the world around us but ourselves as humans. …


  7. Living Without Regrets - Year 32

    Living without regrets for 11,687 days… …


  8. Our Growing Antipathy to Major Risks

    Looking back over the past century, when did we begin to worry so much about risk that we have stopped living on the edge of possibilities and strayed back to the safety of the ensured? Just think in the past one hundred or so years we have seen the invention of the modern automobile allowing humans to travel faster than ever before and allowing easier travel over great distances. Let us not forget about the Wright Brothers who with their invention of the airplane allowed humans to take flight. Moreover, if we are talking about airplane it must be mentioned the invention of the rocket allowing humans to take that giant leap, a huge risk, and leave our planet Earth for the first time ever! Something that most thought to be impossible not that many years prior. …


  9. NASA Now And In The Future

    Today on Twitter, Jon Verville posed what seemed to be a simple question, “What fundamentally does NASA do? What should NASA do in the future?” As I sat there and thought about these two questions, I began to realize that my response surely would not fit into 140 characters. I mentioned this and Tim Bailey suggested I write a blog and link to it instead. What a great idea! I am sure there will be some that disagree with me on my, possibly rambling, thoughts but as I have followed NASA over the years these same thoughts have come to mind and the same topic has consistently come up in conversations. Moreover, the question I hear all the time is why do we need NASA. To begin to even answer that question let me answer the first question… …


  10. A Rubber Chicken, Teddy Bear, and a Stuffed Pig

    No, this is not the beginning of a bad joke. Over the past four days, I have honestly been worried about the welfare and survival of a rubber chicken, a teddy bear, and a stuffed pig. Before you call the people with the strait jackets let me explain. …