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Student of the Stars

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Growing up as a kid I really liked looking at the stars.

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And that really gave me a good interest in astronomy so I wanted to be an astronomer when I was growing up.

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Hello, my name is Gregory Villar and I'm a senior at Cal Poly Pomona and I'm majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics.

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Text: Villar interned at JPL on a NASA scholarship program called: Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology

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He is now a JPL intern on a program called Space Grant.

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So right now I'm actually studying objects called planetary nebula and what we're doing is we're trying to classify them

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in terms of their sizes and shapes.

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I guess the most exciting thing about planetary nebula is they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes,

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which is really quite puzzling considering that they all started as a sphere.

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And it's just really intriguing to be able to understand why this is so and we don't really have a good comprehension of that right now

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and I guess that's the motivating factor in doing all this research.

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So during my internship I was able to see other projects going on at JPL which was really cool to do as opposed to just working in my office.

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We actually visited a lab which works on artificial muscles right now and I think their overall goal is to build an artificial muscle

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that can beat a human in arm wrestling but that was a really cool lab to visit.

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One of my co-interns worked on ATHLETE, which is one of the coolest things ever.

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I remember going there one time and seeing all the robotic stuff and it was really cool.

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It made me want to go there and work on it for a while.

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Every so often, maybe once a month, they took us on field trips, so one would be to the Dryden Center up north and that was really cool

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too because we got to see all the jets and stuff flying around and all the research they're doing over there.

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Now that I'm in the NASA network, I know there's a lot of opportunities there that I would have a great chance of getting into.

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After I graduate with my Ph.D. hopefully come back to JPL and do some more astronomy research.

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I've always wanted to go into space, so hopefully now that I'm in the NASA network, you know some day in the future when space travel is more

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accessible, I'd be in that, and I'd just love to go in space one day, that'd be really awesome.

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Text: For more internship information, visit education.jpl.nasa.gov

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NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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