Thursday, February 7, 2013

Latest And Greatest With NASA

So what’s the latest and greatest regarding NASA? And why should I care, you ask? Hasn't the shuttling of the Space Shuttle Program and cutbacks in funding and lack of vision from our political leaders made this once awesome organization boring and irrelevant? Well, please allow me dispel these thoughts and take you on a tour of the NASA Web site. 

NASA: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Since February 2006, NASA's mission statement has been to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.” You can check out the latest and greatest in news, missions, multimedia, apps, and other ways to connect with NASA. You can even plan a visit to some of their eighteen facilities across the United States. 

NASA For Students: Have kids? Are you a school teacher, home schooler, or know someone who is? Then the NASA for Educators, the NASA for Students, and the NASA Kids Club and are worth a navigating and Bookmark or save in your Favorites. NASA for Students is broken up into grade groups of: K-4 5-8 9-12 Higher Education Each group has age appropriate links. 


NASA also hosts youth ambassadors from around the globe for successful outreach programs. NASA’s Web site is a great site for kids to research homework and for author to research their novels. What about classrooms and partnering with other classrooms around the globe?  

Virtual Tours: Can't work out a visit to a NASA facility? Check out their interactive features such as their Interactive Features and Virtual Tours.  

Connect with NASA: Yep. There's an app for that. Check out the various apps and social networks NASA has such as Facebook and Twitter.  

What's Next For NASA? NASA is conducting an unprecedented array of missions that will seek new knowledge and understanding of Earth, the solar system and the universe. NASA has observatories in Earth orbit and deep space, spacecraft visiting the moon and other planetary bodies, and robotic landers, rovers, and sample return missions. One example is designing and building the capabilities to send humans to explore the solar system and working toward a goal of landing humans on Mars. NASA has a payback on our hard-earned tax dollars, providing great paying jobs, supporting entire communities, and opening doors for incredible future opportunities such as planet colonization and mining asteroids (more on this in a future post). 
Stephen Tremp, author of the BREAKTHROUGH series, has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers. His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other scientific research facilities around the world. These potential advances have the ability to change the way we perceive our universe and our place in it! 

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Karen Baldwin said...

Nice to know NASA is still around. I sorta thought they packed up and closed down. Thanks for the info.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm ready for a virtual tour!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the read Stephen.


Jo said...

That's kinda what I thought too, packed up and gone home. I was very disappointed when they stopped their space exploration programme.


JoJo said...

I have mixed feelings about the amount of money spent on NASA. If you haven't read it already, you might enjoy Dan Brown's book Deception Point.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I miss the shuttle launches.

Unknown said...

"Thank you, NASA. Thank you, NASA! Thank you, NASA! Thank you, NASA!"

Tina said...

I bet you've read Deception Point. I couldn't, literally, put it down. But it's fiction. I'm still a big NASA fan, and we try to catch live events when we can. It was thrilling to watch Curiosity land so perfectly, all Apollo 13 yelling control room and all...sigh. I'm such a sucker for watching history happen...

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Bill Somogyi said...

Born in the 50's, growing up in the 60's NASA has always been a big interest in my life. I still remember watching the landing on the moon, Mercury and Gemini Missions where the fished the spacecraft out of the water and to this day I check the status of the rovers on Mars every month.

In my mid 50's now I guess NASA is still filling my boyhood dreams :)

Images by Bil of the 60's and 70's

Christine Rains said...

Very cool! I'm off to take the virtual tour. Thanks for sharing this, Stephen.

Anonymous said...

Just getting home from a very hectic day and finally able to check in. Thanks everyone for stopping by and saying hello!

Anonymous said...

Truly enjoyed this post. Who knows what our government is doing half the time, or even why. What we do know is that organizations and programs like NASA help us in a variety of ways. That's important and we should never underestimate their value in our society. Thank you for writing this, Stephen!