My Visit to NASA

11 Jan

My Visit to NASA

I took a vacation to Orlando, Florida from January 1st to 6th with my family. They visited Disney World, Universal Studios and after that we went to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. This is where NASA has been launching rockets for decades including the Space Shuttle. I was impressed from the start at how much innovation is involved in everything that NASA does.

Here is the first stage of the famous Saturn V rocket which took the Apollo astronauts to the moon..

This rocket is absolutely huge and they have it stretched out in its own building. You can walk under it and look into the connection at each stage. The safe distance from this thing when it is fueled and ready to launch is 3 miles.

This engine here is at the final stage of the rocket. It is “small” but you could still park your car inside it.

This is one of the original space suits from the Apollo mission series.

This all started when President John F. Kennedy told the people of the United States why they were going to the moon. From that speech, engineers, scientists and lots of people had to come up with all kinds of inventions like this amazing rocket. Although we aren’t the space program or NASA, lots of what we do here at SageTea Software involves thinking up solutions for important problems too. This was quite inspiring.

This is the original firing room.

This room is where all the NASA launches for the Apollo missions took place.

We also saw the actual space shuttle Atlantis. I don’t even know how they got this thing into the building. They are very good at moving large things around at NASA. This thing is doing Mach 18 when it enters the atmosphere returning to earth. That nose cone has been through a lot.

This is the famous Canada arm on display, attached from inside the shuttle bay.

And here is yours truly with the original Apollo 14 space craft.

David Long CEO and Apollo 14

So this was my trip to NASA. I learned a lot and will definitely encourage all the engineers and our team at SageTea to follow in NASA’s footsteps. We can learn a lot of important lessons from NASA about managing quality, teamwork, innovation and making cool technology.