My NASA Kennedy Space Center trip is a wrap!

 In NASA, NASA Social

Well, my “‪#‎NASAsocial‬” media trip is a wrap, and it was epic. I lived a dream this week!

Even though the Dec. 3, 2015 United Launch Alliance/Orbital ATK “Cygnus” cargo rocket launch was scrubbed due to bad weather and I’m back home before the next attempts, I visited places throughout Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral that few civilians ever get to see first-hand, and I feel truly privileged and honored to have been invited by NASA to step where the likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin once walked, and current/future astronauts are planning for the next big things.

The history of our space exploration program is amazing, and there will hopefully be “boots on Mars” in the 2030’s. I saw the work that NASA and their commercial partners are doing to prepare for those next big steps in human space travel, originating from U.S. soil once again.

As an applicant to be a 2016 NASA Solar System Ambassador, I hope to be able to spread my excitement for space exploration to more people in and around my community through volunteer efforts.

As you might have expected, I have TONS more pics and videos, and I’ll be uploading the best to:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/backyardastronomyguy

To see many I’ve already posted on various social media sites, visit these:
https://www.facebook.com/BackyardAstronomyGuy
https://twitter.com/BackyrdAstroGuy
https://www.instagram.com/backyardastronomyguy

The icing on the cake?

1) 1st image: As a fellow “NASAsocial” attendee said, every astronaut since the Apollo days has exited through these doors at the NASA Operations and Checkout Building on their way to the launch pad. They would suit up inside, walk down this ramp, and climb into the van that would take them off to the rocket or Space Shuttle. So I had to give it a try!

When U.S. astronauts head to the launch pad, they exit the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building.

When U.S. astronauts head to the launch pad, they exit the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building.

2) Image 2: Getting to meet and ask a question of NASA’s Deputy Director, Dava Newman (2nd in command- her boss is Charlie Bolden). I have the video of her non-televised 30 minute introduction and Q&A with our group, to be posted on Flickr soon.

Me (Marty, a.k.a. Backyard Astronomy Guy) and NASA Deputy Administrator, Dava Newman!

Me (Marty, a.k.a. Backyard Astronomy Guy) and NASA Deputy Administrator, Dava Newman!

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