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As most of you know by now, Neil Armstrong passed away at the age of 82 on Saturday. The first man to walk on the lunar surface inspired generations, including theCHIVERS. theCHIVE is a family run website and we've been fascinated with the cosmos since our father drove us to the outskirts of Ft. Wayne, IN in 1986 to watch Halley's Comet pass earth at its closest apparition.

On Friday, one day before Armstrong's passing, my family and some of our close friends were invited to take a private tour of the Johnson Space Center in Houston by Chiver Scott Chladek. It was amazing to meet so many NASA Chivers. Thanks so much to Scott, Andrew, and Justin for taking the time to show us around. It was an experience we'll never forget...

As our day at NASA drew to an end I asked Andrew, one of the NASA engineers, if we’ll ever make it to Mars, he responded. “It’s in the core of our human spirit to go. I believe we will. And we’ll do it in our lifetime. But the astronauts that do it will probably have the Google logo on their space suits.”

NASA’s budget has been cut, whittled, and cut again. NASA now lacks some direction, many projects are started only to be abandoned mid-stride, the layoffs at Kennedy Space Center have caused many cities surrounding the launch pad to become ghost towns.

Closing the door on the Space Shuttle also means closing the door on future discovery, technologies, and civilian industries that could see their genesis at NASA. And that’s sad, I think. It’s sad for our generation today but it’s heartbreaking for the dreamers of tomorrow, the generations of potential scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who will lay the foundations for the generations who follow them. What will they dream about I wonder? There is something larger at stake at NASA beyond the now. In a word, it’s progress.

There’s still a sliver of light coming from a door that was once opened wide. Chamber A will soon serve another grand purpose. Scott and his team will drop the temperature in the chamber down to 11 Kelvin ( about -440 degrees Fahrenheit) where it will become the home of the James Webb Telescope for 6 months of testing before it is launched to replace the Hubble telescope. It will see farther into the cosmos than ever before and fill in more blanks about our universe and hopefully, our very existence. Some things at NASA are still very, very alive.

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  • bolweevil

    I think a lot of what we consider basic technologies we civilians have are trickle down technologies; the result of cutting edge technologies that were developed by scientists and engineers who were charged to figure out the impossible. If the U.S. gov't and people don't recognize the significance of NASA, it's our future technologies at stake, and a huge open door for China to surpass us.

  • Ohio Chiver

    #9 the insert picture on the right is from Plum Brook Station in Sandusky Ohio. That is the world's Biggest Vacuum Chamber ( the Space Power Facility).

    Chamber A is small compared to The Space Power Facility!

    John, come up to Ohio and I'll give you guys a tour!

  • Ohio ChiverAfponiky

    #9 the insert picture on the right is from Plum Brook Station in Sandusky Ohio. That is the world's Biggest Vacuum Chamber ( the Space Power Facility).

    Chamber A is small compared to The Space Power Facility!

    John, come up to Ohio and I'll give you guys a tour!

    Ohio ChiverAfponiky

  • Wisti

    I know my comment wont be read, but I really wanted this post to have as many comments as the FLBP posts because it's that much of a turn on for future engineers and physicists. Amazing selection of pictures with just enough information that everyone will read it. This probably will reach more people than anything NASA puts out itself. TheCHIVE is truly an awesome site.

    • donuts

      Comments always get read.

  • sam

    best thread in a while

  • bdog

    Love the thread. I now get to see the VAB from across the Indian River everyday. Come visit sometime.

  • bdog

    Great thread. Come visit in Titusville sometime.

  • http://twitter.com/kfbooth08 @kfbooth08

    Freakin' awesome. Thanks John.

  • Ciera

    this was an AMAZING post. thanks chive🙂

  • kelsey

    #5 i want that KCCO shirt!!

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  • So*Cal_Chiver

    That last paragraph really touched deep into my heart..i felt every word being spoken as if we were in the control room hearing this speech! Well put John..

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  • ChristophersonofGray

    Unless there is a ban on such things, why theSam hell didn't you have someone taking pictures with decent camera/DSLR? Good lord, bad camera phone pictures are so not theChive. =/
    -2 internets points to you, but glad you shared nonetheless, carry on.

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