The State of NASA & Getting That Old Exploration Mojo Back

Highlighting NASA’s accomplishments over the past year and vision for the coming years, NASA Administrator, Charlie Bolden gave a “State of NASA” presentation to gathered KSC employees, industry partners, press, and social media in Kennedy’s Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on Monday, February 2nd. With Boeing’s CST-100, the recently flown Orion capsule and the SpaceX Dragon capsule (the first commercial vehicle to dock with the ISS) in the background, Bolden spoke for 30-minutes on how the agency intends to invest in aerospace technologies to improve commercial air travel, continued orbital research to address global/environmental concerns and continue to work toward manned-missions beyond low-earth orbit to Mars and work with asteroids.

The event was broadcast on NASA-TV and shared with additional press and social media at NASA Space Centers across the nation. I was honored to have been chosen to participate in this event as part of the group of 50 social media personnel at KSC. Just under two-months ago I witnessed the launch of the Orion capsule and felt the sense of excitement and vision that reminded me of the sense of purpose from the old Apollo days. It isn’t that the agency has given any less than 100-percent for all missions, manned and unmanned, since the Apollo era. But the message is that it’s time that we reach out beyond Earth orbit and make decisive steps into our next chapter of space exploration, not for political/national pride, but because it’s important and good for all of humankind.

Socializing Before the Presentation

Click Here for a 360-degree view of the inside of the NASA News Center.

State of NASA Presentation

Click Here for a 360-degree view of the inside of the high bay in Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building

Bolden Q&A with the Press – minimal audio (above)

VAB Tour

Three times I have toured the inside of the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building), where they stacked the Apollo/Saturn V rockets in the 60s & 70s and more recently prepped the Space Shuttle systems before launch. On a tour in the summer of 2012 I got a chance to see the Space Shuttle Atlantis up close before it was moved to its exhibition building. It is such a huge structure, taking a tour never gets old.

VAB video panorama (above)
Click Here for a 360-degree view of the inside of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

KSC/Atlantis Exhibit

Enjoying an end of the day tour of the KSC Visitors Center & Atlantis Exhibit with fellow NASA Socialite, Katrina Lomidze.

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