“Earth is the cradle of humanity,
but one cannot live in a cradle forever.”
– Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
Space Is Our Future!
It is shortsighted of us as a collective humanity to think that we will be able to contain ourselves to this planet. It only takes a clear, starry night to prove to a person that there is so much more out there than this “Pale Blue Dot” , to quote the late Dr. Carl Sagan.
The awe and wonder of seeing a Shuttle launch, watching old Apollo footage, or just staring up at the night sky prove to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that space exploration will be man’s last, best destiny.
The responsibility for maintaining man’s presence in space falls upon each and every one of us.
If you haven’t done your part, it’s time to take action! NASA and the space exploration push as a whole is constantly under fire from organizations, politicians, and individuals who don’t realize the benefits from space exploration.
It’s up to us to educate them!
As a nation and a planet, the exploration of space and other worlds will provide a unifying force… a sense of direction and purpose… that can only be a positive influence in this insane “me me me” lifestyle that seems to permeate society.
This website is dedicated to those who have given their lives in the quest for human exploration of the cosmos, and to the thousands of men and women behind the scenes who have worked so hard over the years to make these voyages possible.
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Learn about NASA’s Mission Control Center and the men and women who are the heartbeat of manned spaceflight.
Want to learn more about one of the most well-known Flight Control positions in Mission Control?
Read about what the Flight Dynamics Officer did for all phases of Shuttle missions, from launch to landing.
What was the FDO looking at sitting in the Mission Control Center?
A number of Space Shuttle-era displays are presented to show how the FDO managed the Space Shuttle trajectory operations through Ascent, Orbit, and Entry displays.
Tributes and Essays
“We Came Here, You and I…”
“The Big Picture” (by John Young)
“Why have a space program?”
“30 years on: Lessons from Challenger”
“Correcting some misconceptions…”
Space exploration is ‘destiny’
Mir Space Station website interview
STS-109 Entry photos
Space- and NASA-related blog entries