Former PSC Student Spends Summer Interning at NASA

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Katie Cruse of Fort Ashby is pictured with some of
the equipment she was privileged to work with
when she interned this past summer with NASA.

West Virginia University (WVU) student, Katherine Cruse, spent her summer star-gazing and watching for comets, meteors and other celestial bodies, not just because she’s interested in what’s in the sky, but because she was also interning for NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

While at NASA, Cruse analyzed, compared and evaluated two different meteor detection systems in order to determine which system is better suited for portable meteor observing stations, which will be used by NASA to monitor meteor showers from remote locations.

Cruse then presented her results at the NASA Workshop: Meteor Video Observations and Analysis, held this past August.

While interning, Cruse had the opportunity to participate in various other activities. “A highlight of this internship was watching the final launch of the space shuttle from seven miles away; it was an amazing experience being so close," stated Cruse, who also got up at two in the morning on July 21stto watch the final landing of the space shuttle.

Another highlight was attending a presentation given by author, speaker and former NASA employee Ed Buckbee. “Hearing him speak about the US Space and Rocket Center and the creation of Space Camp was really interesting,” said Cruse.

Cruse is currently working on two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in computer science and the other in computer engineering, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2012. She is a graduate of Frankfort High School and also attended Potomac State College of WVU.

"I think every student should have the chance to participate in an internship," Cruse added.

Cruse is the daughter of Debi Cruse and Tom Cruse of Ft. Ashby, W.Va. and the granddaughter of Edna and the late Ivan Swick, formerly of Petersburg, W.Va. and John and Jean Cruse of Florence, Ala.