Image description: Aliya Merali, a program leader in science education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), experiences near weightlessness on a microgravity flight aboard the “Weightless Wonder” as part of a collaboration with NASA.
Combining her background in physics with her interest in outreach and science communication, Merali now coordinates a variety of events geared towards providing opportunities for students interested in science careers.
She directs a conference for more than 350 young women interested in the science and technology fields, works in an underprivileged school district to bring science experiments to life with underrepresented students and collaborates on a multitude of other outreach programs including internships, science competitions, and mentoring programs.
You big, beautiful gas ball, you!
In Japanese, the name for Jupiter is 木星, pronounced “mokusei”, which literally translates as “wooden star”. In images like these, you can kinda see where they were coming from.
(The name uses the same characters in Chinese too, but I don’t know the pronounciation.)