Monday, July 29, 2013

Happy 55th Birthday NASA!

The space agency was founded today in 1958!
On July 29, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, leading to the birth of NASA on Oct. 1, 1958. 

Let's Look to the Future!
In honor of NASA's 55th Anniversary Mashable put together this great infographic that shows NASA's planned expeditions through 2030!
NASA's Planned Missions Through 2030
Illustration by Bob Al-Greene

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

U.S. Politician Strongly Supports NASA Manned Mars Mission!

House Ranking Member Donna F. Edwards Introduces Legislation to Authorize NASA, Cites Need to Return Agency to Path of Greatness with 
One Clear Goal: "Mars!"

"NASA is critical to the Nation and its economic strength. 
This Authorization bill is a vitally important opportunity to set the policy direction and authorize the funding needed to ensure America's global leadership in space" said Congresswoman Edwards. She added, "Unfortunately, in the past few years, NASA has been asked to do more despite being provided with fewer resources. This is intolerable as NASA is the Nation's crown jewel for spurring innovation, highly-skilled and good paying jobs, and inspiring the next generation of scientists. This fiscally responsible bill puts NASA back on track to greatness and provides flexibility in how the agency is to implement engineering and scientific details." — Rep. Donna F. Edwards
The Future of Civil Space Exploration - CSIS - July 8, 2013
Featuring: The Honorable Donna F. Edwards (MD-4)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Space, 
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
She is the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the U.S. Congress and a dedicated NASA supporter. After working for Lockheed Martin in the Spacelab program at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, she attended and earned a J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire.

Rep. Edwards Speaks at CSIS Event in Washington, DC

CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies
CSIS Website:
Event Introduction and moderation by:
James A. Lewis
Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS
"Investments in the nation’s space program have spurred innovation and inspired future generations to look to the next frontier. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards discusses the importance of federal investment in civilian space activities and the role of NASA as a driver for inspiration, innovation, and economic growth.

Congresswoman Edwards touches on the technological developments derived from the historic Apollo missions and the case for the United States to maintain a robust, globally competitive space program.

She discusses the need to establish a unifying vision for deep space exploration, outlining the challenges and benefits of a mission to Mars. Her remarks are  followed by a discussion with James Andrew Lewis, senior fellow and director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at CSIS, and a Q&A session.

Congresswoman Edwards represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, comprising portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. She serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Space."

Rep. Edwards and Bartlett at Kennedy Space Center
Rep. Edwards Meets NASA & JAXA ISS Astronauts

Rep. Edwards & Shuttle Discovery STS-119 Crew

Friday, July 05, 2013

NASA Administrator Dr. Charles Bolden C-SPAN Q&A

NASA Administrator Dr. Charles Bolden C-SPAN Q&A
On June 30, 2013, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was interviewed on the one-hour C-SPAN program, "Q&A." The program covered his upbringing in the segregated South, his military service in Vietnam, and various political issues related to today's NASA space policy. Dr. Bolden is the first African American to head the space agency on a permanent basis.

Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. (born August 19, 1946) is a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, and a former NASA astronaut, space shuttle commander and pilot of four shuttle flights between 1986-1994.

A 1968 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he became a Marine aviator and test pilot. After his service as an astronaut, he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy.

On May 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator and Lori Garver as Deputy NASA Administrator. Bolden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 15, 2009.
Credit: SpaceKSCBlog & Wikipedia

Official NASA Biography
Administrator Bolden's Speeches

Space Shuttle Commander & Pilot

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