05 March, 2012

Grand OPENING Blog Tour: A Tour of NASA

Today I have the honor of presenting a guest post by Stephen Tremp, author of Breakthrough and Opening, about all the cool stuff NASA has going on.

Take it away, Stephen!


  Thank you Golden Eagle for hosting me on my Grand OPENING Blog Tour today! We are going for an aerial perspective that is relevant and exciting! 

So what’s the latest and greatest regarding NASA? And why should I care, you ask? Hasn't the shuttling of the Space Shuttle Program and cutbacks in funding and lack of vision from our political leaders made this once awesome organization boring and irrelevant? Well, please allow me dispel these thoughts and take you on a tour of the NASA Web site. 

NASA: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Since February 2006, NASA's mission statement has been to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.” 

You can check out the latest and greatest in news, missions, multimedia, apps, and other ways to connect with NASA. You can even plan a visit to some of their eighteen facilities across the United States. 

NASA For Students: Have kids? Are you a school teacher, home schooler, or know someone who is? Then the NASA for Educators, the NASA for Students, and the NASA Kids Club and are worth a navigating and Bookmark or save in your Favorites. 

NASA for Students is broken up into grade groups of: 
Higher Education 

Each group has age appropriate links. Example, NASA is sponsoring the 2012 NASA Space Settlement Design Program for 6th through 12 graders and can join as individuals, groups, or entire classrooms. 

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. This contest is for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2012. Click the link for more details, contest prizes, and certificates.  

And check out the Current Opportunities for Kids link. NASA also hosts youth ambassadors from around the globe for successful outreach programs. NASA’s Web site is a great site for kids to research homework and for author to research their novels. 

What about classrooms and partnering with other classrooms around the globe?  

Virtual Tours: Can't work out a visit to a NASA facility? Check out their interactive features such as their Interactive Features and Virtual Tours.  

Connect with NASA: Yep. There's an app for that. Check out the various apps and social networks NASA has such as Facebook and Twitter.  

What's Next For NASA? NASA is conducting an unprecedented array of missions that will seek new knowledge and understanding of Earth, the solar system and the universe. NASA has observatories in Earth orbit and deep space, spacecraft visiting the moon and other planetary bodies, and robotic landers, rovers, and sample return missions. One example is designing and building the capabilities to send humans to explore the solar system and working toward a goal of landing humans on Mars. 

NASA has a payback on our hard-earned tax dollars, providing great paying jobs, supporting entire communities, and opening doors for incredible future opportunities such as planet colonization and mining asteroids (more on this in a future post). 

Thanks again Golden Eagle for hosting me today. I hope this inspires a lot of people to do great things with their lives! 

Stephen Tremp, author of the BREAKTHROUGH series, has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers. His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other scientific research facilities around the world. These potential advances have the ability to change the way we perceive our universe and our place in it! 

You can visit Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs. BREAKTHROUGH and OPENING can be downloaded:  
Kindle for $1.99  
Smashwords for $1.99


Have you ever explored the NASA site or been to one of their facilities?

-----The Golden Eagle


Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Golden.....

Wow, I am so honored to be the first....

This is so informative! I will be staying in Cape Canaveral for the next few months and I no idea what was happening there....

Thanks for the info...

Congrats Stephen on your new novel!

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Golden, Hi Stephen
What an excellent post. My grandchildren will be in Kindergarten this fall, but we are starting early. I will check out this link for sure.

Have a great day.

Emily R. King said...

Hi Stephen and Golden Eagle! I showed my husband this post. He went to NASA when he was a teenager because he was chosen for their boot camp. We agree that it's wonderful news that they are continuing education for all age groups. Thanks for sharing!
Congrats on your book, Stephen. : )

cestlavie22 said...

Hmm thank you for shaing this! I have to say I would have never come across this information anywhere else. Thanks for all the information :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Interesting post and I am really happy to hear that NASA have educational courses as well. What a great idea. Diane

Susanne Drazic said...

Interesting guest post. Thanks for all the great links throughout the post. The NASA Space Settlement Design Program sounds like a lot of fun.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I comment you, Stephen, for bringing NASA and all it offers to our attention. We have G.W. to thank for the gap in funding for NASA, just one more example of the lack of vision you mention. In today's political climate it's hard to see a renewal of appropriate funding coming out of this Congress. But we can hope for the future.

This is great information for teachers and I hope many take advantage of it. Good luck with your writing!

Yvonne Osborne said...

I meant "commend" of course. Sorry.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

NASA isn't done - just off in a new direction.
And of course there's an app for that!

~Sia McKye~ said...

What an interesting article, Steve! I think projects like this help kids see the application of all those classroom hours and how to use them to build a viable living area in space.


Beth said...

Great post.

David P. King said...

I love NASA. Hopefully I'll live long enough to see the Mars mission actually happen. That's a good way to bring the world together, a joint effort into a Type I civilization. Sounds good to me.

Awesome that you have Stephen here today, Eagle. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE and Stephen .. it's so good that the kids can be involved, and are becoming so .. just opens so many doors to their future ..

Good luck with Opening .. I am looking forward to reading it .. cheers Hilary

Morgan said...

Gooooo NASA! *waves pom poms* Thanks for the fun post, you guys ;)

Talli Roland said...

I always learn so much from Stephen's posts! Thanks, Golden Eagle, for hosting him!

Old Kitty said...

What a great way to engage young minds with space exploration! Yay for Nasa! And thank you so much Stephen and Golden!! Take care

Belle said...

Great post!
I often visit the NASA website to read the latest discoveries and borrow some of the fantastic photographs of nebulae and galaxies for my blog.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wish some of those programs weren't just for kids. After my recent experience with indoor skydiving, I'd be ready to try anything at NASA.

DWei said...

I think I was there once when we were vacationing in the States for a bit.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks Golden Eagle for hosting me today! Just came back from a mini vacation and no Internet and catching up on comments and everything.

L.G.Smith said...

We toured the Cape Canaveral site a few years ago and it was incredible. Missed a launch by just a few days. I don't know what the future is, but they'll be involved. It's NASA!

K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

I should be ashamed to admit I live 40 minutes from the Space Center and I haven't been to visit it once since I moved to Florida over a year ago.

I do have a friend in Colorado Springs who flies to California for a few weeks at a time for a job he has with NASA as an engineer. (I think he's designing circuit boards for space probes.) He mentioned there was a study going on about whether the whole temperature of the universe was heating up (making global warming inevitable) or if our goals for a cleaner environment have decreased the air pollution and thus made it so that more solar heat waves penetrate the atmosphere and heat up the plant.

It's really interesting, but most of what he says goes right over my head.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Thanks for the info, Stephen :D I want to hear more about this supposed watery planet that they've found, where it's covered in water but it has a much higher pressure and temperature than Earth, so all kinds of crazy things could be going on.

I hope the cutbacks don't impact on future missions too severely.

J.L. Campbell said...

Fascinating stuff! Wishing you success on your tour, Stephen.

Hi, GE!

Ellie Garratt said...

Oh, wow. I wish I was a teenager again, just so I could enter!

Thank you, Stephen.

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on your book, Stephen! I could spend hours on NASA's site. Great post! :)

Donna Hole said...

That's fantastic Stephen. You are so up on the world of space and technology. I'm glad I stopped by here today.

Congratulations on the release of Opening :)


Stephen Tremp said...

Great to hear that people are still excited about NASA and related programs. With science and math skills declining so many people just do not realize all of the exciting things available to them at their finger tips. With links to educators and kids NASA is reaching out to a new generation and this is exciting news.

Nas Dean said...

Congratulations on the release of Opening, Stephen. It sounds an intriguing story!

And the post on NASA is so informative and interesting.

Thanks Golden Eagle!

M Pax said...

I love NASA's website, and I'm still enjoying reading Opening. :)

Stuart Nager said...

Nice to know more...just wish we were heading OUT more...

Thanks for the guest post.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Yes, I love the photos on the NASA site. I looked through the whole gallery once as part of research for a (yet unpublished) story.

Heather said...

This is really cool, thanks for sharing it with us. I haven't explored NASA's site but now I'll have to check it out.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I know some teachers who take advantage of the excellent educational opportunities offered by NASA, but I do feel sad that the Shuttle program doesn't have a successor mission.

kirstenlopresti said...

Can't wait to check out the links. Thanks. Good luck with the rest of your blog tour.

Medeia Sharif said...

What an informative post. I loved reading about and watching NASA-related things as a child, and the fascination never ended.

I like to talk to my students about space, even though I'm not a science teacher. When the subject is mentioned in regards to literature, we love talking about space exploration.

Stephen Tremp said...

There is so much going on not only with outer space but researching planet Earth too. Weather and aeronautics and air traffic are but a few of the terrestrial areas NASA is involved with.

Alleged Author said...

Stephen is amazing!!! Great post!

Josh Hoyt said...

This is a great informative post thanks!

Rek said...

This is very informative, NASA does know how to hook them young.
A fascinating range and reach...Good Luck Stephen with the book.

Missed Periods said...

"Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines."

And that is why I will never design a space settlement!

mooderino said...

Very interesting post.

I think they really need to start manned flights beyond the earth's orbit to get people excited about space travel again. Although it may not be the Amercians that lead the charge this time.

Moody Writing
The Funnily Enough

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm glad NASA isn't completely dead.

Stephen Tremp's new book cover is cool!

Paul Tobin said...

Thanks for the hosting, I was interested in what you had to say about NASA.

Susan Fields said...

I had no idea NASA has so much great educational stuff for kids - thanks for a very informative post!

Traci Kenworth said...


Morgan Mandel said...

Beautiful aerial view!

Amazing the things that are happening and what's out there to explore!

Also, Steve has an amazing book!

Morgan Mandel

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks everyone for your very interesting comments. People still have an affinity with NASA and it'll be interesting to see what else they delve into. Never a dull moment with NASA.

....Petty Witter said...

Interesting post, full of fascinating facts, thanks to both of you.

Maryann Miller said...

Enjoyed the tour very much. We did visit the NASA facility in Houston once. Always a great experience to see things up close and personal.

Bob Sanchez said...

Hi Golden (wish I'd thought of that name for myself), thanks for a good-looking blog and for hosting my friend Stephen. Steve, you always write such informative and interesting posts. Much luck on your new book. I look forward to reading it.

Mark Noce said...

Oh, man this sounds so Rad! I always wanted to be an astronaut, but never quite had the math skills. But I love to support NASA any way I can:)

Helen Ginger said...

Living in Texas, we've been to NASA a few times with the kids. I think it's exciting to think that someday mankind will step on the surface of Mars. I doubt it'll be in my lifetime, but it's still something to look forward to.

Clarissa Draper said...

I've been to NASA before and loved it. I think there is so much offered. Thanks for all this info, Stephen.

Lydia Kang said...

Hi guys! I love that they have continuing ed for more than just kids. Cool.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks Golden Eagle for hosting me today. This is always a fun topic to blog about. And thanks everyone for your comments! Its great to hear people are still passionate about all NASA is invovled with.

And I'll continue to promote this post on Twitter and Facebook for the rest of the week because I think its important to get the good word out to as many people as possible.

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: Yup, you're the first commenter!

Hope the info comes in handy when you're in Cape Canaveral. :)

Nancy: Glad you liked the post. He did an awesome job with it!

Emily: That's so cool!

Cestlavie22: You're very welcome.

Diane: Definitely. The web sheds light on a lot of awesome stuff from different organizations, doesn't it? :)

Susanne: It does!

Yvonne: I know I'm one person hoping for more funding for NASA . . .

Alex: LOL. I laughed a bit when I read that part of the post and your comment. :P

Sia: I would agree.

Beth: Yes--it's an honor to have Stephen on my blog. :)

David: I hope I live long enough to see the Mars mission, too!


Hilary: As a young person, it is nice to see opportunities. :)

Morgan: You're very welcome!

And can I join you in that pom pom waving? NASA totally deserves it. ;)

Talli: You're welcome!

Old Kitty: You're quite welcome. :)

Belle: I love seeing those photos. I posted a bunch of them for the A-Z Challenge last year, on a post about nebulae.

L. Diane: Indoor skydiving--wow!

DWei: Cool. :)

Stephen: Thank YOU for being here. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

L.G.: It's too bad you missed the launch! It would be amazing to see one in person and not just on a screen.

K. Turley: The entire universe? Wow. That would certainly have widespread effects . . .

Jamie: Me, too. On both accounts!

J.L.: Hi! :)

Ellie: It sounds awesome.

Carrie: Same here.

Donna: He is--I love science but can hardly keep track of everything, but Stephen seems to know it all! :)

Stephen: It certainly is.

Nas: You're welcome! :)

M: Good to hear that you're enjoying it!

Stuart: I do, too.

You're very welcome!

Jennifer: Oh, that sounds like fun research.

Heather: Hope you find something that piques your interest over there. :D

Susan: I agree. We have the technology . . . so where are the programs?

Kristen: You should. They lead to some fascinating stuff. :)

Medeia: I wish I was in your class! That sounds awesome.

Stephen: Good point!

Alleged Author: He is!

Josh: Glad you liked the post.

Rek: It's succeeded with me at any rate. ;)

Missed Periods: It is a lot of stuff to incorporate into a single project!

Mooderino: It would be nice if multiple countries could peacefully band together and start a new international space program. But in the current political climate, that doesn't look likely . . .

Theresa: Same here!

Paul: You're welcome. :)

Susan: I hope it's useful for you!

Traci: Stephen's posts are always that way. ;)

Morgan: Thank you! :) Welcome to The Eagle's Aerial Perspective.

Tracy: Anytime.

Maryann: It's nice to learn about things through the web, but physically being there is a different story. :)

Bob: You're very welcome! Thank you for the compliment about my blog.

Mark: Me, too. :)

Helen: That sounds like fun!

It is. And you never know--maybe it will!

Clarissa: I want to visit NASA sometime. It sounds amazing.

Lydia: Definitely.

Stephen: Awesome! This is already among my most-viewed posts of the week. :)

MyTricksterGod said...

I make it my life's mission to save NASA from budget cutbacks straight into Oblivion!
JFK secured his immortality because he provoked technological and scientific growth worldwide by pushing the development of NASA. It's vital for the human species that NASA receives the proper funding required to undergo projects that break the limits of mankind's boundaries.
That's what Russia and China is currently doing, we should do that too!