A teacher and venture investor, Jean-Jacques Degroof has furnished business counseling services to young entrepreneurs with a focus on technology since 2000. To this practice, Jean-Jacques Degroof brings experience as a teaching assistant and affiliate researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Soon after President John F. Kennedy announced what would become the Apollo space program, the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory received a contract to complete work for the initiative. While MIT has received recognition for creating the guidance and navigation system fundamental to the journey to the moon, the institution's role in the Apollo program also extends to the areas of biomedical studies, simulation technology, geophysics, and mechanical and computational engineering. Here are three lesser-known contributions MIT made as part of Apollo.
Seismic Monitoring Station
Professor Nafi Toksoz developed an innovative seismic monitoring station to be placed on the moon that would reveal insights into the moon's formation and structure. One of the first discoveries was that the moon has almost no water.
A Pioneering Compiler Language
One of the first compiler languages ever written for the purpose of computer programming was developed by MIT Instrumentation Lab engineer Hal Laning. Called MAC, the language was rooted in a system of "verbs," or actions to be performed.
Astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission and those that followed it returned with lunar rock samples, and MIT professor Gene Simmons and others at the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences (EAPS) have studied them ever since. The rocks have helped scientists understand how the Earth and other planets were formed.