On April 30th, I had the opportunity to participate at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Team Welcoming Ceremony with the Reginald F. Lewis Reading Academy in Detroit. This was an amazing opportunity. I was honored to attend such a prestigious event because I had the chance to network and bridge connections with diverse leaders all over the country by showing my support of the US team of Engineers, Astronauts, and other various field workers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The event was hosted by the Project Director of the Lewis Reading Academy, Brook Ellis. In this event, the Leaders of Detroit gave the team a strong welcome to our beautiful promising city and thanked them for the work that they do that makes a difference in our lives everyday in their extensive research. Also, US Congressman Conyers presented an Award to Astronaut Gregory “Box” Johnson for making a significant impact beyond this world. After the event, I had the chance to speak to each person within the NASA team to share my ideas and admiration. We agreed to keep in touch and stay in contact for future programming.
The NASA Glenn Research Center originated in 1941 as the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The name was changed in 1999 in honor of Ohio Senator John H. Glenn, who was the 1st American to orbit the Earth. Over the past 60 years, NASA scientists and engineers have made great contributions to our society that have expanded horizons and opened frontiers for both aviation and space exploration.
Before this event, I began to think about the significance of NASA. Since a child I’ve always wondered, ” If there’s nothing in outer space, then why do we continuously send people up there?” I would dream about being an Astronaut, jumping on my bed and pretending to explore foreign places beyond the borders. But there is way more to NASA than just space travel.
Right in that very moment, I began to realize that the true question was, ” Well, why shouldn’t we?” In order to sustain our society, we have to think outside of the box, see out of the box, and travel outside of this box…we call earth. NASA’s goal is to understand the changing climate, its interaction with life, and how human activities affect the environment. You may be surprised to find out that NASA is a regular collaborator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In order to protect our planet, we have to understand it entirely and wholly. The research that NASA does helps us understand how the world works. It is another way to help us understand earth science and the effects of climate change. In order to study the Earth as a whole system, and understand how it is changing, NASA develops and supports a large number of Earth observing missions.
The ”atmospheric satellites” that orbits our plant, actually serves as environmental science or telecommunications relay platforms. This helps provide Earth science researchers the necessary data to address key questions about global climate change. The whole purpose of NASA is to find solutions to the world’s environmental problems. They accomplish their goals by providing:
1.Air Quality Research- NASA high-tech observation systems can open up a whole new world of tracking and understanding Earth’s air quality.
2.Alternative Energy Research – NASA focuses on using principles of life in space to make clean fuel for life on Earth.
3. Climate Change research – NASA’s airborne radar devices are space-based radar systems in development to study the flow of glaciers and map the surface topography of the areas’ ice. This help scientists better understand the effects of global warming and what the future holds for the world’s ice masses.
4. Education-By increasing interest in Earth and it’s issues, people not only gain knowledge about the planet but also may be more likely to care about taking care of it. NASA has a goal to educate our communities a has been actively involved.
5. Near-Earth-Object research – NASA tracks asteroids but also in the process steadily researching ways to avoid a hit. Earth is always at risk of a collision with environmentally damaging objects.
It was a pleasure meeting the NASA team, my passion to fight for the world is stronger, and my calling as a humanitarian was a bit clearer after this day.