It’s been forever since I’ve posted here. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about blogging over the years, it’s that (for me) blogging is like exercising and eating well. You’ve got to do it regularly. If you stop for a while, starting back up takes much longer than you believe it will. I’ve done many a public online proclamation expressing my commitment to regular blogging. I’m not going to do that this time. It hasn’t worked in the past, so I’ll spare you.
So what got me back to writing a post this morning? It was how pleased I was at the public’s reaction, especially in D.C., to the Space Shuttle Discovery getting piggybacked into Dulles for permanent display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
I’ve always liked the notion that the Space Shuttles were “our space machines”. Seeing the people of DC come out and see Discovery arrive was a reminder of why I enjoy working at NASA in the first place. In the picture of what NASA does, my contribution is pretty small, but I do believe that I’m doing my part to help America’s space program and that I’m helping contribute to NASA’s mission, in particular the missions of inspiring the next generation of explorers and sharing knowledge with the world.
Last week’s event was a reminder that people still are fascinated by NASA and the American space program. ((And let’s be fair, that whole event was engineered in a manner to remind people that matter – like Congress – of just that.)) The media is rich in reports of NASA’s demise and there are no lacks of calls for shutting down the U.S. space program. In my opinion, NASA isn’t dying. It’s evolving.