theCHIVE goes to NASA (34 HQ Photos)

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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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  • max

    #27, #30

    …. is nothing short of awesome

    • caleb

      Really? Who gives a Christ about this shit? Our world is going to crap and people are routing for things out of our realistic hands? How about spend some money on making our world habitable in 50 years. Marketing and commercialism is destroying this world. WTF are we going to do when we can't eat? Stare up at Mars, it's awesome. Jesus, I really hope the Chive community is smarter than this.

  • boob_cuddle

    #2 the heavens want you back Neil.

    • OhioChiver

      Classy reply b_c . Well done. In a news interview with John Glenn, he said "I will miss my friend." I think we all will.
      KCCO mankind.

    • asdf

      Neil was never interested in the fame this all brought. He was a recluse, he hid away from all of it. When a reporter asked him what he thought about the fact that his footprints will probably be on the moons surface for thousands of years, he replied: "I kind of hope that somebody goes up there one of these days and cleans them up,". It's a terrible loss for all of us, but maybe we can take solace in the fact that he's in a better place now.

      • Nope

        Perhaps it's b/c they never landed on the moon? Do some fucking research. It never happened.

        • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.mardeusz Thomas Mardeusz

          This response makes me sad…

        • Guest

          Yeah, and the earth is actually flat, and the sun revolves around it, right Nope?

  • Dennis

    #32

    Seeing that door open is on my bucket list. To do it with a 'Mind the Gap' is…. I don't know if there's a word or phrase for that.

    • Hey Now

      Looking forward to this poise on Thursday w/ bikini.

      • Lol

        Poise lol

    • myself

      I would probably do anything to get to witness it.

    • BlackBriar

      Watching that enormous door slowly opening to reveal the dark, sterile, cold cavern reminds me of my date with the featured bottle-blond pudge-battler and attention-ho Tiffany Standstill (pictured waaay too many times in this gallery. Too fat for a gap.). **** It's so cool she was in the video to provide a sense of scale; Tiff's intimate diameter is only a little bit bigger than the Big Door, but trust me just as dry. Because I'm HUGE, I needed a LOT of K-Y that night! **** Former-fatty Tiff's such a size-queen… because she needs to be! **** Hey Kids: Here's a TRUE Fun Fact: Did you know that K-Y was actually developed by NASA to ease the fitting of tight-fitting space suits? It's true! Google it. **** And when you google Tiff's expanding hips and stretch marks (google images), you'll find that she has about as much interest in the space program as she does in improving her mind. She has a lotta Daddy Issues. Leave it at that.

    • BlackBriar

      Watching that enormous door slowly opening to reveal the dark, sterile, cold cavern reminds me of my date with the featured bottle-blond pudge-battler and attention-ho Tiffany Standstill (pictured waaay too many times in this gallery. Trust me: too fat for a gap.). **** It's so cool she was in the video to provide a sense of scale; Tiff's intimate diameter is only a little bit bigger than the Big Door, but trust me just as dry. Because I'm HUGE, I needed a LOT of K-Y that night! **** Former-fatty Tiff's such a size-queen… because she needs to be! **** Hey Kids: Here's a TRUE Fun Fact: Did you know that K-Y was actually developed by NASA to ease the fitting of tight-fitting space suits? It's true! Google it. **** And when you google Tiff's expanding hips and stretch marks (google images), you'll find that she has about as much interest in the space program as she does in improving her mind. She has a lotta "Daddy" Issues. Leave just it at that.

      • true story

        She's even got a bitchy personality to go along with her overrated looks! Yay Tiffany!
        Goes to prove how far sleeping with John will get you.

  • Samantha

    #2

    RIP, Neil. Amazing post

  • Im_B4TM4N

    Oh fuck, they let you guys in…I hope you didn't touch anything important.

    • H-town

      Interestingly enough with this, I took a very similar tour at Johnson space center a couple months ago with my Civil Air Patrol squadron. Except we got to actually go into the original mission control and sit at the desks. And you damn well know I pushed every button I could get my hands on heeheehee

  • dusty

    #31

    Mind Blown

    • 29er

      When is that shirt going on sale?

  • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

    Yeah listen that's all kinds of cool 'n all, but I don't care what you say; this gallery needs MOAR CATS!!1!

    HQ CATS!!1!

    Hugs,
    Paula
    – Fan testimonial: "Paula Rules…You halfwits drool. Disparaging Paula is like going to a bar for the first time and picking on the regulars. You end up looking like a tool. – ShakeyTheMoyle"

    • KCO617

      That was weak Paula, real weak.

      • Mischief

        You're new here aren't you? She's just warming up to give us HELL at the DAR.

        • KCO617

          Nope, hence why I said this one was weak.

    • Rizzo

      You are so annoying.

    • Pr0n

      Looks like Paula's getting bored with her own retarded game. We all knew the time would come but it just couldn't come soon enough.

    • AssHaterson

      Fuck off you douchey cunt.

    • Joshua

      A great man has died, show some damn respect.

  • r1rider

    #32 sexy!

  • dafug!

    #25 Tiffany I love you!

    • just4fun88

      can´t wait till Thursday arghhhh!!!!!!!

  • IrkTheJerk

    Being an Astronaut: Worth it for the Watches, MOAR Girls and of course, Dippin' Dots.

  • Question_Mark_

    CHIVE CHARITIES FOR NASA!!!!

    • https://www.facebook.com/josh.baraniak Josh Baraniak

      I think that if anyone could give NASA financial CPR it would be TheChive, John and his crew work miracles when needed. I'd gladly support that cause.

    • holyshitballs

      LETS DO IT

    • SDMAN

      Even if theChive cannot raise the necessary funds, I believe the sheer number of Chivers would be able to create enough public attention and politcal (ew yuck… feel gross for using that phrase here) attention to get NASA some help.

    • JPL

      Some NASA employees held a "bake sale" not too long ago to raise awareness about NASA funding. Although the Chivers have proven their generosity in the past, the sum of money required to make a difference would just be too much.

      However, It is definitely in the capacity of the Chivers to bring awareness towards the funding cuts to NASA. Good ideas would include a NASA themed Chive shirt (I'll leave the design up to those with creative talents), or some kind of mass "email/mail your congressman" campaign sponsored by the Chive, a la the recent anti-SOPA campaign.

      I hope Neil's death can be a wake up call to everybody about space exploration. There hasn't been a person born since 1935 who has walked on the Moon. The latest Mars rover cost $2.5 billion dollars. A new B-2 Stealth Bomber costs $2.2 billion, and we made 21 of them.

      Our priorities on spending are in the wrong places right now, but it is up to us to make that known to Congress and change it.

  • Tillman61

    When I do win the lottery, I'm going to start a website with funny and sexy pictures. Apparently it's a gateway to being able to do whatever you want in life. And I say that with with envy and respect. You guys got the royal treatment – totally cool.

    And RIP Neil. You were the best of them all.

  • drew

    Thanks for this post, John. The small things (like the yellow walls of mission control) really bring the place to life for those of us lacking the inside connection.

  • Prof

    #30

    As a physics professor, seeing that is really something special, man

  • Jamz

    Is John wearing a new KCCO shirt?

    • Frank

      I was thinking the same f'ing thing.

    • gottaclimb

      I think he just makes new shirts to make us drool, whine, beg and plead him to release the shirt that he wore to an event. *cough* YODA SHIRT! *cough*

  • Sean

    this might be one of my favorite posts ever. The budget cuts to NASA are tragic for the dreams and hopes of our entire species. KCCO NASA…. some of us haven't forgotten.

  • space nut

    #34

    John's last couple paragraphs on NASA are really well stated, touching.

    • Ethix_

      Neil deGrasse Tyson really puts it all in perspective. He argues that the NASA budget should be doubled, and I agree. It's the engine that pushes American ingenuity and scientific progress. Advancements that NASA makes have significant economic benefits.

    • Pretty Smile

      #34 I have been waiting patiently for this.

    • RYNO!

      John can be a fucking word-smith when he actually types. John, you should do motivational speaking or organize a NASA fund raiser with a bunch of those super rich white folks…. you know the ones. I know you know them.

  • Eze_Kiel

    How much money would NASA make if they just did a nationwide fundraiser and asked the American people to help fund it? All the people who just want to see humans explore…

    • Mike D
    • Rlyeh is out there

      It's called tax allocation. Call up your representatives in Congress and let them know where you want your money spent.

    • mdb8r

      MSL the Mars rover that just landed cost 7 bucks per American (over 10 years). Just food for thought

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  • KCO617

    #32 you can't hold back my requests for MOAR even if she will be the COTW!

  • JLAM

    #25 – 'MOAR HER' I cant wait til Thursday

  • TheBAMFinater

    #30 some joke about your mom.

  • Underbaker

    You did remember to take Mac with you when you left? What do you mean the last time you remember seeing him was just before the door closed again?

  • https://www.facebook.com/jawbreak3r09 AL EX

    I loved this post! All the pictures are amazing and the paragraph at the bottom just hit it right. Thanks chive!

  • gifftor

    My dad took me out to see Haley's Comet in 1986, too, but in southern Indiana, it was cloudy. Nonetheless, it was an awesome experience and I STILL want to be an astronaut when I grow up. Great post, John. NASA is awesome, particularly with what they manage to accomplish with a meager budget and limited political support. Neil de Grasse Tyson suggested on Twitter today that the ship of the first manned mission to Mars should be called The Armstrong. I couldn't agree more.

    • AssHaterson

      Saw that tweet, too. Without a doubt.

    • jeff

      Drop the "The". USS Armstrong sounds pretty damn bad ass.

      • gifftor

        I think USS is in reference to a US Navy ship, but you're right. Whether it has a prefix or not, "Armstrong."

    • Neil

      What should we call the first manned mission to the moon (when it happens, of course)?

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