Once a month or so, I share some current NASA-related items of interest. I firmly believe that more people knowing about what NASA is doing means more people willing to enthusiastically support our missions, so even if you don’t really follow space happenings on a regular basis (or at all), I hope you find these occasional posts interesting!
1 // I don’t know if these are really secrets, since I’ve told several people about some of these over the years, but this article about 13 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of NASA Mission Controllers is a good one!
2 // Vogue published a really great photo essay last week called Onward and Upward, featuring several amazing engineers working at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And oh — they just happen to be women too.
3 // Six years ago this week, I was nearing the end of supporting the STS-133 space shuttle mission. It was my second flight as Lead Rendezvous Officer in Mission Control, and the third-to-last space shuttle flight ever. Awww. I miss you, space shuttle.
4 // Despite my shuttle nostalgia, there is still cool stuff happening in space right now — like other vehicles flying to the space station! Russia successfully launched a cargo spacecraft a couple weeks ago, which is important since their last launch in December ended in failure when the rocket suffered what was probably an engine problem. And SpaceX launched another cargo spacecraft that arrived after a one day delay after the vehicle automatically aborted on the first attempt.
Spaceflight! Never a dull moment.