Field Notes

Dispatches from Afar:

An agriculture student shares his adventures with the creatures of New Zealand and a recent environmental science grad recounts his Cape Canaveral NASA adventure.

Brian Martel ’19 (CAHNR) spent part of the summer in New Zealand working with this endangered lizard, the tuatara. “The tuatara needs constant protection from predators like possums, weasels, ferrets, stoats, hedgehogs, feral cats, and rats,” he says.

Rafeed Hussain ’17 (CLAS) was one of a select few college students invited to visit NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and post about it. “Words and even pictures can’t effectively depict how gargantuan the inside of the Vehicle Assembly Building is,” he wrote.



Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Have you ever dreamt of watching a NASA rocket blast into orbit?

My name is Rafeed Hussain (no relation) and I’m a graduating environmental science major with a minor in EEB, and a passion for outer space. Recently the NASA social media team selected me and several other individuals from around the country to use our social media channels to spend two days documenting NASA’s facilities at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This included photographing a rocket launch to the International Space Station on April 18. If you need a break from crying over finals (because I definitely do) and want to see a “behind the scenes” glimpse of NASA, follow me along as I recount one of the most incredible experiences of my life.


No comments so far.

Leave a Reply