1 00:00:00,010 --> 00:00:04,010 I've actually always wanted to be an astronaut. 2 00:00:04,030 --> 00:00:08,050 So getting to work at NASA even for an internship is just a dream come true. 3 00:00:08,070 --> 00:00:12,070 And it's hopefully one step that I take on my path towards becoming an astronaut. 4 00:00:12,090 --> 00:00:16,080 Music. 5 00:00:16,100 --> 00:00:20,110 Music. 6 00:00:20,130 --> 00:00:24,150 Music. 7 00:00:24,170 --> 00:00:28,170 My official title is optical engineer assistant. I'm basically helping out 8 00:00:28,190 --> 00:00:32,180 with part of a project called WFIRST. Specifically I'm working on the 9 00:00:32,200 --> 00:00:36,250 grism, which is one small part of that telescope. 10 00:00:36,270 --> 00:00:40,320 It's a prism with a diffraction gradient on it. The grism's going to spread out 11 00:00:40,340 --> 00:00:44,350 the light that comes through the telescope and it's going to help scientists 12 00:00:44,370 --> 00:00:48,370 figure out the chemical makeup of exactly what they're looking 13 00:00:48,390 --> 00:00:52,380 at. Maybe they can figure out what dark matter's made of 14 00:00:52,400 --> 00:00:56,400 or super novae or galaxy clusters. 15 00:00:56,420 --> 00:01:00,460 This is basically the bare bones of what we do 16 00:01:00,480 --> 00:01:04,470 do to measure the elements of the grism. We have a calibrated ball. 17 00:01:04,490 --> 00:01:08,500 It measures the difference to get from one surface to the other and tells us 18 00:01:08,520 --> 00:01:12,520 how the prototype for the grism is performing. 19 00:01:12,540 --> 00:01:16,540 I love working in the lab. Working hands-on, I'm a very hands-on 20 00:01:16,560 --> 00:01:20,570 learner. And my work is going to go into 21 00:01:20,590 --> 00:01:24,600 optimizing the grism. So I get to work on something and help so that it can 22 00:01:24,620 --> 00:01:28,650 go into space and that's really awesome. That's fantastic. 23 00:01:28,670 --> 00:01:32,700 beeps 24 00:01:32,720 --> 00:01:42,380 beeping