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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  • Apollo

    Chive, your next trip is to go to SNASA

  • https://www.facebook.com/Talnoy Devon Lasher

    These posts Chive. THESE posts are what keep me coming back. Sure, the bums and sexy ladies are great, but THIS… This is the human spirit. It isn't one country, or a group of them that these photos and videos speak to, but all of them.

    Thank you.

  • JonB

    Excellent footage of a Saturn5 launch (in HD). http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=1989+for+all+

  • jeff

    #17 I'm really happy we can fund wars but can't fund SCIENCE.

  • PayHeed

    I love the post guys. I still look up at the stars at night and think about everything that is out there. It breaks my heart to think that NASA won't have the opportunity to change the world again and again. Posts like this make me feel like there are other people in the world who think like me and that I'm not surrounded by the totally incompetent. Chive on guys and keep bringing us Chivers smiles and laughter every day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.carlson.96 Alan Carlson

    #13 love your big ass in the blue with the camera

  • The Russianbear

    The moon landing did way more than just inspire. It solidified the fact that science fiction was slowly moving to science fact. When I was 5 my father introduced me to Star Wars and Spaceballs,and my older brother and mom were both trekkies. I was always awed at the futuristic phasers and light sabers. After seeing Ewoks for the first time I began to question alien life on others planets, surely at least one had to have little bad ass bears that didn't back down from a fight, even though they were out numbered and out matched. I would ponder how cool it would be to befriend them.That next year, in the first grade, we learned about the moon landing. This is when I first realized that it was possible for mankind to rip and tear our way through the layers of atmosphere, like a bullet exploding out of the chamber of a gun..

    I imagine taking that ride is much like being born. The force and turbulence of the rocket boosters thrusting your organs into your back, the wonderment, fear, and exhilaration of what's coming next. You breach the safety of Earth's womb and float softly in to a frontier of amazement that few have had the privilege of experiencing.

    "What to look at first", you question, trying to look in every direction, peering into the black sackcloth with tiny pin holes punched in it. The Moon, a huge celestial body lit up in all it's beauty, as though it got dress up for your arrival. Tonight she is out of reach to all of the world, tonight it is just you and her, and as she visually whispers hypnotic tones to you, you become the kid that dreamed, and hoped for this moment and the whole experience just leave you breathless.

    Chive, Set up a donation page for NASA. Leave it up for people to donate. Lets get the X-38 into space, lets get the SEV to the moon, but most importantly, lets remind the world that America is still great! Lets show everyone that even when our Government says we cannot afford to dream that it's people stood up in true American rebel fashion and said, "We refuse to put on price on our dreams, and we refuse to let the light our future die out!"

    The Russianbear

  • 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 to many times in this gallery). ** 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.

  • Aaron

    MOAR NASA

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jplum Jamie Plumley

    This is why i visit the chive on a regular basis. This post is so fucking inspirational.

  • https://www.facebook.com/travis.hanna.92 Travis Hanna

    The moon landing did way more than just inspire. It solidified the fact that science fiction was slowly moving to science fact. When I was 5 my father introduced me to Star Wars and Spaceballs,and my older brother and mom were both trekkies. I was always awed at the futuristic phasers and light sabers. After seeing Ewoks for the first time I began to question alien life on others planets, surely at least one had to have little bad ass bears that didn't back down from a fight, even though they were out numbered and out matched. I would ponder how cool it would be to befriend them.That next year, in the first grade, we learned about the moon landing. This is when I first realized that it was possible for mankind to rip and tear our way through the layers of atmosphere, like a bullet exploding out of the chamber of a gun..

    I imagine taking that ride is much like being born. The force and turbulence of the rocket boosters thrusting your organs into your back, the wonderment, fear, and exhilaration of what's coming next. You breach the safety of Earth's womb and float softly in to a frontier of amazement that few have had the privilege of experiencing.

    "What to look at first", you question, trying to look in every direction, peering into the black sackcloth with tiny pin holes punched in it. The Moon, a huge celestial body lit up in all it's beauty, as though it got dress up for your arrival. Tonight she is out of reach to all of the world, tonight it is just you and her, and as she visually whispers hypnotic tones to you, you become the kid that dreamed, and hoped for this moment and the whole experience just leave you breathless.

    Chive, Set up a donation page for NASA. Leave it up for people to donate. Lets get the X-38 into space, lets get the SEV to the moon, but most importantly, lets remind the world that America is still great! Lets show everyone that even when our Government says we cannot afford to dream that it's people stood up in true American rebel fashion and said, "We refuse to put a price on our dreams, and we refuse to let the light our future die out!"

    The Russianbear

  • Rich

    I've got one of those watches.

  • https://www.facebook.com/alex.segura.balderas Alex Segura

    Love this post..Where can i get #5 KCCO SHIRT!?!?!?!? I WANT! NOW!!!

  • lado

    Where can I get one of the KCCO shirts hes wearing in photo 5

  • cga

    and now on to thursday!!!…………

  • Canucks_Rule

    #1 – For all the BC'ers that visit this site daily, fired up a new twitter strictly for all the West Coast Canadian Chivers & Chivettes!!

    Give it a follow. Gonna be re-posting the best pix from the daily threads on this site with my own twist. –> https://twitter.com/KCCOVancity

  • Chris

    NASA Chiver here… thanks for all the kind words about the organization!

  • dustin
  • http://www.facebook.com/david.gorski.7 David Gorski

    From NASA to "Nada" with the stroke of a pen. way to go obama.

    • Aggie85

      dude… just stfu. please

  • Lauren

    #Penny4NASA

  • Sean

    NASA kcco shirt!

  • Huzzah

    I got pretty emotional the first time I was there. It was truly inspirational. The last time I visited was during the last shuttle mission.

    #25 If you're actually near Houston, you'd better have your fake phone number ready, if I ever see you!

  • spook01

    I live and work in Houston as an Electrical Engineer about 10 mins. from NASA. It is depressing to hear/read about perhaps the greatest American Institution in our country's existence being torn down while Apple and Samsung are having a pissing contest in courts for billions $$.

    I would love to be working at NASA or with them on more meaningful projects, but I don't see us going in the right direction… Hopefully, Google and SpaceX can take the torch and carry on…

  • grumpy

    #18 – when Chief Tyrrol finishes building that Raptor, Starbuck can fly reconnaissance missions with it…

  • http://engineeringbooks.net Rony

    RIP Neil Armstrong…. We love you. 😦

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