Saturday, May 28, 2005

My first week at Kennedy Space Center

So this was my first week as a full time employee for Boeing at KSC. I have got to say that this has been an amazing week working with great people. I just graduated on May 13th, 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. I have been working for The Boeing Company since June 2004 and upon graduation, I accepted this new position working on the Shuttle in Florida.

My ultimate goal is to become an astronaut. I decided to start this blog to document the obstacles, accomplishments, and the paths it will take to reach my ultimate goal. Just this week I experienced before my own eyes the shuttle Discovery rolling back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for them to exchange the external tank. I just couldn't even believe that I have gotten to this point. This week I also was able to pitch in some help with the tiles for space shuttle Endeavor. There were some discrepancies and problems with the current shuttle tiles in regards to the bonding, gapping, or step. This week was just a great week for me and I am glad that I took this position in FL. Every week I will update with a new posting and possible a picture as I journey to become an astronaut.

So.....Enjoy!

32 comments:

Franklin said...

Can you explain a little more about what you do day to day at your job? Thanks, and good luck!

yshrill said...

Wow
Hi , How are you ? I am from India. I must say those were some breat taking snaps. Hope to find more aircraft snaps. And i agree with what you have to say " Always chase your dreams no matter what "

Sander Vreeburg said...

Hey Damaris,
I'm from the netherlands, europe. I just wanted you to know that I think you are verry brave to follow your dream! Go for it. and also, I think this is a great initiative to write this blog. I will visit your blog to see how you are doing!
Good luck!

Gordie said...

Awesome! Good luck! (Those snapshots were awesome.)

Cindy said...

Welcome to Florida! We were all bummed that the shuttle didn't go up, but, as always, safety first!

-BARTIMAEUS- said...

Hey, I'm from London and I have just started my Blog after being recommended by a friend. I would just like to say that the pictures are fantastic. You seem to be doing what you love most and that what counts in life. Take care and keep us posted. -BARTIMAEUS-

Morgan W. Brown said...

Congrats on having your blog chosen as a Blogger Blog of Note. Way to go!

Thank you for creating a blog with which people of all ages can keep up with your journey(s). Excellent!

Best of luck as you continue toward your goal of reaching and being closer to the starry heavens.

juan hector said...

hola, como estas?
un gran saludo.

Erika said...

This is a great weblog! Very novel to document the process of achiveing a rare dream. All the luck to you; that's a wonderful dream to pursue! Hopefully I'll make someday, too... The photos are great, as well! Looking forward to more posts! :)

lilmissjumper said...

wow i never knew it was actually possible to get that close to the shuttle

Ashley said...

Hi Demaris! My name is Ashley. That's an excellent site, and intriguing dream! Just wondering, do you have to be a pilot to be an astronaut first, or have I been mislead?

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remmyeow said...

ALL THE BEST.your words are really inspiring...go.. , chase ur dreams
im eager to see you as an astronaut..will check .

Zinnia said...

Dude, you're awesome! It's great to know that someone is going to make her dreams come true. Good luck!!!

Angel said...

Way to go girl!! Great pics! And keep following that dream!!!

Anonymous said...

You go Girl!

Nephele said...

You inspire me to reach my dream.. go girl.. i'll be checking your blogs for progress.. u can make it..

RUupinthenight2? said...

Best of luck to you.

NYPinTA said...

My sister lives right across the cape in Titusville. She can see the shuttle from her apartment and used to say things like, "yeah, I saw the launch in my rearview mirror on the way to work." I think she would say that just to annoy me because I had to watch on NASA tv! LOL. Sisters...
Anyhow, looking forward to her being able to say that again and who knows, you might be the one on it. *thumbs up*

Mahes said...

Every inches you fly away from earth, you can see gradually the unity of universe. on land you may be an american. on the sky who are you? close your eyes and enjoy yourself.

soumenkarmakar said...

Cool snaps. I had visited the KSC long time back, and was seeing seconds from disaster on th national geographic channel. Have things improved with the Discovery. Heard that there will be more cameras now taking photos of the shuttle. But what do you do when something goes wrong in space? Is it possible to send a second shuttle up again to fix things?

Jonathan said...

I truly hope you succeede in your endeavors, you seem like the right person for this.

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Kites said...

I think a lot of people dreamt of becoming astronauts. I was one of them. Very few people actually work to achieve this dream. I am not one of them, but you are. :)

I wish you all the best!

Genius in the Making aka Pallavi said...

My younger brother dreams of working for Boeing, I am definitely going to recommend him to check your page!!

DelMasAllá said...

Hey your life is very cool, I am from Chile, good buy.

Scotty said...

Congratulations on your job w/Boeing at KSC! My son and I went to Space Camp this year, which was a step towards that dream. I'm also starting work on a contract for Boeing at the Cape next week. I'm so excited!

p[avijn said...

Good luck!

T said...

Best wishes as you pursue your dream -- there is next to nothing more important than following your dreams!

ELA'S insider reflections said...

I wish You Luck..and Happiness on your job/future..

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