Photo above: Astronauts hold a #VState flag underwater in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab.
Happy Space Exploration Day, Blazers!
On July 20, 1969, the first human steps were taken on the Moon by NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (and don’t forget the third Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins, who became the first person to meet another spacecraft in orbit). In honor of Space Exploration Day, we caught up with one of our alumni, Camille Ralston, who works at NASA in the Flight Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Photo above: Camille Ralston records an astronaut training video in a spacesuit lab at Johnson Space Center.
“When I was younger, my brothers and I would take blankets out to our field and watch the stars for hours. I remember looking up and thinking, “What is really out there?” I wish I had been around to watch the first steps being taken on the Moon – the first human view of our home and Universe from a different soil. It gives me chills thinking about it, but I’m even more excited to be a part of NASA’s Exploration Campaign that is happening right now. NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System – the most powerful rocket NASA has ever built – are in preparation to take humans back to the Moon, to Mars, and deeper into space. We know a great deal about our Universe, but there is so much more to learn. I currently work in a video lab that supports daily operations and crew training for the International Space Station (ISS) and for new commercial crew vehicles preparing for flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming year. Our lab even sends up movies, like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to the crew.” – Camille Ralston
Photo above: Astronauts on the ISS watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“It’s an exciting time to be here at NASA, and it’s an exciting time of space exploration for all of us.” – Camille Ralston