2015-02 The State of NASA & Getting that old Exploration Mojo Back (NASA Social)

2015-02-02 Kennedy Space Center FL (NASA Social)

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.

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