A Chance to Watch History in the Making

Less than a week to go! So excited to have been chosen to participate in this: http://www.nasa.gov/social-orion-multicenter/

For my perspective and live updates from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, be sure to follow me here:

This will be my first time attending a NASA Social (formerly known as NASA Tweet-up) event, and I can hardly wait. I’m already in touch with a lot of the other participants, and the excitement’s building all around. How can the idea of humans traveling to Mars not stir the imagination? How can we not  marvel at the indomitable determination of the  human spirit and the near-limitless capacity of the human brain to learn, invent, and innovate?

Orion - Artist's Conception - credit: NASA

 

I am still fascinated by the fact that we put men on the moon, when I was a child, using computers that had less power than a cheap calculator, today. You hold more computing power in your cell phone – and you wouldn’t have a cell phone, or so many of the things we all take for granted in 2014, if not for some of the discoveries made by NASA.

For people who wonder why it’s worthwhile to fund NASA with taxpayer dollars – why it shouldn’t be 100% privatized – I think this is a good answer: http://www.quora.com/What-would-be-the-benefits-of-privatizing-NASA/answer/Clay-Johnson It’s all about balance. I, for one, think that the scientific exploration and discoveries done by NASA are an incredibly good use of our resources and time. But what does NASA do, really? If you have to ask the question, “Why do we care about NASA?” then you need to spend some time on their site and learn more.

Manned space flight isn’t for people who demand 100% safety in all they do. It’s for people with vision, imagination, grit, and a refusal to accept limits. I married a man with those traits; I promised my husband, before we were married, that if he ever had an opportunity to take a space flight, I would not stop him. He loves the space program – he loves social media less – not at all, in fact – and doesn’t even carry a smartphone. But opened a Twitter account last week just so he could follow my updates from JSC. My only disappointment in all of this is that I can’t bring a guest. Because this is going to be awesome, and I want to share every minute of it with him, with our kids, and with all the people out there who could use a hefty dose of “There’s nothing we can’t do.”

You’ll also want to follow  the hashtags #NASASocial and #Orion – and on Twitter, be sure to get updates from @NASA@NASASocial, @NASA_Orion, too! On Facebook, check out NASA, NASA’s Orion Spacecraft, and on Google+ NASA!

Check out all the other sites and participants’ views:

https://twitter.com/NASASocial/lists/orion-nasasocial-all

HollyJahangiri

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.
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