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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  • Josh Baraniak

    Thanks for sharing this John, the public needs reminded of how awesome NASA is and how important they are to people. On another note, can I have your nice green KCCO shirt you're wearing?

  • Canucks_Rule

    #4 – blown away.


      I agree but my Canadian pedigree makes me give you a thumbs down for being a Canucks fan.

      • Canucks_Rule

        lol. maple leaVES fan? i'm a diehard and i'll always stand by my team.

  • cherryfarmer

    In history the downfall of a civilization usually started when they stopped wondering and just accepted what was in front of their face.

  • Joshua

    #30 is just plain fucking AWESOME!! What a sight to see. RIP Mr. Armstrong. Thanks for the post and for sharing with us all John and the whole Chive community. Simply amazing.

  • crazydog

    It takes gigantic balls to let yourself be bolted into a metal capsule and be violently thrusted into the cold of space. Mr Armstrong was the man.

  • Teddy Picker
  • Teddy Picker

    #1 Awesome

  • supersport

    This would be a dream trip

  • billy

    #13 #32 Love that ASS!

  • longcoolwoman

    #1 y'all are awesome. glad you were able to come to houston!

  • FarmBoy

    #21 More of the white tee girl. #25 great decision CHIVE

  • yotapdat

    #13 that girls got some ass

  • LaurenClary

    Seeing as Johnson space center is near my hometown, I'd love to post a special comment. My wonderful grandfather, Philip Heady, worked in mission control. He is undoubtedly in that picture and owns every Apollo patch pictured with the watches. He is 87 years young and very proud of his history.

  • jim

    I live down here in Clear Lake. I drink with the execs who have to work in the NASA bureaucracy. They have brought all of their own problems on to themselves. History will show that NASA destroyed the us space program.

  • Grant

    Really neat! Thanks, Chive, for supporting NASA!

  • moses

    #31, so when do these shirts go on sale?

  • Dookie

    Neil Armstrong's name will be one if the few in history that will be remembered in 1000 years & beyond…if we make it that far that is.

  • ElecMan

    Glad you got the Good Tour John. I have had a few friends that have lost jobs from there and a few more that don't know if they will go in to work and not have a job. Funding NEEDS to be brought back.

  • TMZzz

    Great last words at the end!

  • Kevin

    Having witnessed the event as a young man it was nothing short of awesome. It was a great challenge met by great Americans. Like most major events I will always remember where I was at the time. Sadly today we seem to only remember sad times that affect our lives not amazing ones. I hope that things will change for the generations to follow and you will have the chance to feel the awesome power of America when a challenge is accepted.

  • Scott Chladek

    The Chive Party was awesome, but giving the tour to John, Tiffany, Megan, and of course Emily, was the best day ever.

    Its great seeing all these positive comments about NASA, I know I love working there and continue to look forward to future projects that inspire. KCCO

    • Tiffany

      Best day of my life, Scott. Thanks do much dude…. We gotta go grab some beers again!!! -Tiffany

  • tom

    i sure hope we see man on mars in our lifetime. it will the most exciting thing to ever happen to mankind since landing on the moon

  • Pete

    Distances of Space travel just make it unrealistic to consider further expensive endeavours.

  • CaptUnderpants

    Can't imagine what this must have been like in person. This is the kind of thing where pictures don't even do it justice.

  • Apollo

    Now Chive you should go to SNASA

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