From Dreams to Liftoff: The Transformative Power of NASA’s Social Initiatives

In November 2009, I achieved a lifelong dream of experiencing a Space Shuttle launch in person at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. I never thought I’d see the Space Shuttle stack with my own eyes, much less witness a launch from the press site just 3 miles away. So many things I never thought I would experience … Read more

Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) at SwRI

This article was written for SpaceFlight Insider, and is republished here with permission. On August 11, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, opened its doors to media, sharing progress on its Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS). The independent, nonprofit, applied research and development (R&D) organization has a long history of involvement in our nation’s space program, including … Read more

Rise of Independence at Space Center Houston

Article written for and republished with permission. With a little help, a space shuttle took to the skies briefly on August 14 in Houston, Texas. Space Shuttle Independence was hoisted by the smallest of Mammoet Holding’s cranes, a 440 ton behemoth stabilized by 980,000 pounds of counterweights (more than the International Space Station would … Read more