This is a discussion forum unlike many on the web today. It’s actually an adjunct to a serious professional development site run for the National Science Foundation, and as such, it has a defined goal and some boundaries within which we operate. Even so, we have an enormous amount of flexibility in what we do, and that’s a good thing because it’s required for our success in a very large endeavor – preparing the next generation of space explorers to reach out and touch the stars.
Blogs are many things, depending on both the people who prepare them and those who choose to tune in and contribute. I hope you find on this blog the opportunity to learn some new things about our current and future space programs, and to leave your own “mark” among the many thoughts that we hope will take up residence here. We ask only that you maintain an open mind, use decent language, and engage in respectful debate as we explore for ourselves some of the most interesting and challenging work available to humans today – the fruitful exploration of space using both manned and unmanned means.
This blog is sponsored by SpaceTEC® – the nation’s only Center designated as a focal point for education and credentialing of aerospace technicians. Although many know about the engineers, scientists, and astronauts who make the news from time to time, few know much about the lives and careers of the people who touch the hardware and operate the software that powers the machines designed to take men, women, and robotic probes into deep space and eventually on to the surfaces of planets well beyond our own small solar system.
If you want to know more about what it takes to begin a career as an aerospace technician or to join in discussions about the world of hands-on work in some very fascinating fields, this is the place for you. Sign on, join in, and let us hear from you. With a little luck you’ll find friends and ideas that stimulate your interests and cause new ambitions in your life. One thing is for sure; as quoted from Ken Blanchard, who helped author the book: “One Minute Manager”, none of us is as smart as all of us.
Let’s have some fun as we make things better, pass along what we know about this world, and reach for the stars.