Thursday, July 28, 2005

Here's a picture of the recovery of the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB). Today at work, was awesome. I stayed late with the KSC Imagery team to take a look at some of the video from launch. They have reels and reels of video that they are watching frame by frame for any possible debris. Whether the debris is hazardous or not to the orbiter, they document what they see. Another video that was interesting was a video taken by a crew member from inside the orbiter when the external tank separated. They followed the ET until is burned up in the atmosphere. It was just amazing to see the such high definition video footage. Posted by Picasa

Pictures of Discovery's Launch

Here are some pictures from the launch. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
STS-114 Slideshow

Because of the foam problem, the shuttle fleet has been grounded until engineers are fully confident and able to understand the problem. However, it seems like our crew will still be able to return in Discovery safely. Full Story...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Did you see it??????

That was absolutley amazing.. I wish all of you could have been here. You could hear the rumbling in the ground, the buildings feeling the vibration. I wish you could have all seen and heard it all. I will try to upload my video when I get a chance to.....

Today is the day Discovery Launches

So right now I am getting ready for work.. I have been up since 3:45 am because I want to get in early, plus to beat the tourist traffic. I am so excited today. The only thing that can stop us today is the weather. I have a good feeling things will run smoothly today. I will upload a picture of the KSC atmosphere during launch.

From as of 4:45am:
"Discovery's seven astronauts will be gathering for a pre-launch snack and photo opportunity in the dining room of crew quarters at 5 a.m. That will be followed by a weather briefing and then suitup. The crew will head for launch pad 39B at 6:49 a.m., arriving about 20 minutes later to begin boarding Discovery. The ship's crew compartment hatch should be closed for flight around 8:30 a.m"

Monday, July 25, 2005

Track the mission status

Nows the time to really be looking at this website. I know I already posted this before, but it's beginning to get a lot more exciting

Right now, the weather is a little concern. Hopefully everything will turn out to be a success.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

An update on ME! :)

First I want to thank all the people who have been sending such supporting messages to me on my blog. I truly appreciate it. It only inspires me and keeps me motivated even more to reach my goal.

I know I have only been uploading pictures lately and not documenting what I am doing or really how I got here. If you go back to my very first blog, you can see a little "intro" on me.

As stated in my first posting, I graduated from Texas A&M University in May with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Since I was young I would just sit in front of the TV and watch the NASA channel. There would be no sound. I would just watch the world turn and the astronauts up in space. It was great.

While I was in college I worked for The Spacecraft Technology Center. I was hired in as a student-worker to work on some computer networking tasks. Although not related to my major, I wanted to get my feet in the door, and I did. Working there really helped open doors. I was involved in a reduced gravity project for about two years. You totally have to check out the site: I also had the chance to work with a payload called StarNav 1 that was onboard Columbia (STS-107). I really enjoyed that because the team was able to sit at the console for the entire duration of the mission. On the headsets in mission control we could hear when they would wake the astronauts up with music; Oh it was so inspiring.

So currently I work for Boeing out at KSC. I also was an intern for two terms working in the Structural Integrity group for the ISS in Houston, TX. So one day I saw there was a position open at KSC, and well.. here I am.

I was hired into the Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) group as a Aerothermal Engineer. Its great because most of the courses I concentrated on in college were Structures related. Its always good to explore different areas and fields.

Right now I am studying for the GRE and the FE; Getting ready for GRAD SCHOOL. I have applied and sent all my paperwork to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I would like to get a masters in Aerospace Science specializing in Human Factors. I want to give the hard engineering a little break, but I am sure after that degree I will go back and get another masters in engineering.

Ok.. I will write more on Monday and upload a couple more pictures. There are some more cool ones, but I left them on my work computer. Sorry if this post is extremely long, but I did get some comments that I am not writing enough about me and what I'm doing. Hope this helps a little :) Bye!

So yesterday they rolled out shuttle Atlantis (OV-104) which is scheduled to launch in September to go to the ISS. In back of me, in this picture, you can see it "reversing" from the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF).  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Best Website EVER to track STS-114 and other launches to come!

Most people don't know of this site and I personally don't know who is the person that keeps updating it.. BUT it gets updated FREQUENTLY and I find it as the best resource.....

Hosted by Spaceflight Now
The website is:

We're go for launch Tuesday July 26th at 10:39 a.m

This is it everyone!!!! :)

Thursday, July 14, 2005

A fighters view over the launch pad! Posted by Picasa

Such a great picture with the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) in the background. This was taken on the day that Shuttle Discovery was supposed to launch. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 10, 2005

This is a picture of the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building). Posted by Picasa

This is Shuttle Atlantis with the payload bay doors open. This will be the next shuttle rolling out as Discovery sets off for its mission this week. Posted by Picasa