First off, let me just say that I am indeed excited to get married THIS June, woah. I’m excited for my wedding day, I’m excited to - cue all the cheese - commit to many joyous (also some inevitably hard) years with my best friend since 14. All great things… but after coming across some bridal focused articles I couldn't help but notice that my wedding prep seemed a little different than what was being recommended.
I come by the aversion honestly – my job as an aeronautical engineer working on the NASA Space Launch System (read: rocket scientist) is all centered around minimizing risk. I help predict the forces on the rocket while it’s moving and our goal is almost always to come up with the lowest possible set of loads that still cover 99.865% (yes, really) of the possible outcomes. We trade the reward of lower loads, which can help our rocket be lighter and more efficient, against the risk of a force occurring when we finally fly it that’s higher than our predictions, which the rocket may not be strong enough to withstand.