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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Launch of SpaceX CRS-10

The Launch of SpaceX CRS-10

What is it?

SpX-10 / SpaceX CRS-10 is a cargo resuplly mission that will go to the ISS on February 14, 2017. What a sweet Valentine's Day it will be!

NASA awarded a contract to SpaceX for 12 missions, and this is one of them. This mission was supposed to happen this past November. However, there was an explosion on the launch pad on September 1st, and this mission was pushed back as a result.  

This mission will launch from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A. This is a historic launch pad that was created for the Apollo missions, and then modified for the shuttle program.  Nothing has launched there since the last flight of the Space Shuttle program on July 8, 2011. 

Although this is a SpaceX launch, NASA determines the basics of this launch (what the payload is, the date and time of the launch, etc.) This launch will cary over 4,000 pounds of cargo. The rocket will be a Falcon 9 and the spacecraft it carries will be a Dragon C12. 

To learn more about SpaceX's Falcon9 rocket, view their website here: Falcon9
To learn more about SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, view their website  here: Dragon

Since this mission is bringing cargo to the ISS, it is important to know about the International Space Station. Go on NASA's website here, and note things such as who is on it, what countries are participating on it, how long it has been in orbit, etc. It is also really fun to note when it is passing overhead!

Mr. Quaglio also shared with me an awesome video that is a tour of the ISS. I highly suggest watching it! Please click on the video above and find out just where this cargo is going and why it is important that it gets there. 

Now here is something that might be the most amazing of all...
Students from our school have made things that will be launched on this mission! Yes, you read that right. (Maybe this is something that you can do your senior year!) Please read about this mission's connection to our school here: Students Build Parts For NASA

If you were in class or read the blog about our classes asking questions about the John Webb Space Telescope, you remember that we connected that mission to the scientific revolution. In previous missions (you can read older blogs), we connected them to what we study about exploration and even imperialism.

Blog Update!!

Check out this article, SpaceX could be launching a rocket here every 2-3 weeks! (Seriously, you should read it). Read Me. Now.

Okay, we resume to the original blog post. 

My question to you is, how does CRS-10 relate to what we learn about in World History? Can you connect it to anything we learned about yet? (Think: Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration, Enlightenment, Revolution, etc.) If you want to read on on what we will learn about, we will also cover the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism ,the World at War, and the Cold War. If you are having trouble thinking of connections, think of what this mission encompasses (delivering cargo, an international crew on the ISS, SpaceX being a private business, etc.) If you still can't think of a connection, consider what you are covering in your other classes. Can this connect to what you are learning about in Spanish? Biology? Mathematics? Physical Education? Perhaps it even relates to what you are learning about in your academy (for example, culinary and health care students, do you think there are medical supplies or food products included on this cargo?)

Your Task

Since I will be able to ask questions of many people, including the scientists and engineers related to this mission, wouldn't it be great if I could ask them one of your questions? Your response should be a paragraph and should reflect your understanding of how this mission connects to what we learn abut in world history or any of your other classes. Your response should reflect that you reviewed the material (websites, video, articles, etc) that is provided on this post. Lastly, come up with a question that I could ask while attending the press briefing before the launch. (It will be live on NASA TV and I'm sure you'd love to hear your name and question!) Make sure that your question is unique and not one that another student suggested. (So the earlier you response, the better!) 

I'm so excited about this mission and the ways that you can be involved with it! It's going to be a fascinating week!

53 comments:

  1. This space launch is going to be really historic. The goal of CRS-10 is to bring cargo to ISS, then back to the Earth. Ideally, in the future, it should also be able to carry humans. I believe that this space launch, along with others, can relate to the Age of Exploration. During that time period, new inventions were created to discover the unknown parts of the Earth. Now, in the present day, we have expanded our exploration to the entire universe. Back then, inventions like the compass, astrolabe and the caravel were created to aid travel. The rocket, Falcon 9, along with the spacecraft Dragon, were built to help us explore space. The Dragon article states, "Currently Dragon carries cargo to space, but it was designed from the beginning to carry humans" (SpaceX). This creation will let humans explore space in the future. Just like a caravel, these rockets and spacecraft will be our transportation method to help the discovery of what is really out there. This launch can also somehow relate to biology because when humans are carried into space in the future, forms of life can be discovered that inhabit certain places. Biologists and scientists would need to be able to study any living creatures that are in space to see how they live and function.

    Question: How long did it take to build the Falcon 9 and the Dragon?

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    1. I like how you compared it to the caravel!

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    3. It took roughly 3 years for the dragon to be built and finished.

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  2. This space launch to the ISS will be spectacular, without a doubt. The launch pad itself is historic because of the Apollo launches that took place from it. The fact that the team consists of people from all over the world relates to an important Enlightenment ideal. This ideal is about emphasizing equality and that all people should be equal and be treated without discrimination. Now, Voltaire's idea that there should be religious tolerance is voiced in this situation because all the members on board are different and believe different things. However, they are joining together for a common goal and that is to supply the people in the ISS with cargo.

    Question: Will the Falcon 9 and Dragon be used as models or templates in the future if this mission is successful?

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    1. Your comment made me think of another question, I wonder how many religions have been represented on board the ISS?

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    2. Answer by Nehat:

      The SpaceX Dragon was originally designed to migrate humans from earth to the ISS and maybe even farther beyond. However, there were some complications in the original design which only allows it to be used to transport cargo. This allowed SpaceX to take charge and they are already designing blueprints for the Dragon2, which is estimated to cost around 800 million to 1 billion dollars. However the Falcon9 however is not getting a new design currently as the design works as is. The thrust, mph, hold, velocity. Falcon9 is a good design its just that the dragon needs to be fixed so it can migrate people.

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  3. Evonne B5

    I can't wait for this space launch! This space launch reminds me to how the world is constantly moving forward. We are always advancing in technology, which made me think about what my previous English teacher once mentioned, which was how because technology is always moving forward, so are we. This launch may potentially show us how we can better take humans to space without having to worry about failure of the engines, and the many health issues people face when entering space. Although we are starting small by only transporting cargo, technology is advancing so quickly I wouldn't be surprised if there were field trips to space in a hundred years. Although I won't be alive for that to happen, I am really looking forward to see what other technological advances that NASA makes.

    Question: Is there a limit to the weight or size of cargo that will be taken to the ISS?

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    1. Oh I bet there is, and I'm sure we can find out!

      (note- these are advancements by SpaceX and NASA- pretty cool how the private & public spheres work together for such missions!)

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    3. I completely agree with you. Technology affects our lives in numerous ways. SpaceX and NASA are now pioneers in the realm of space exploration. Maybe when their journeys are more successful and reliable, normal people may be encouraged to go into space. Since NASA and SpaceX's technology is moving forward, human presence in space may also become more common.

      -Gauri Kshirsagar B3

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  4. To see the extraordinary advancements through out the years is just amazing. Though fixing a launch pad for over 100 million dollars is pricey it is worth it. It is so cool to see how much we have grown as technology gets more and more advanced throughout the years. This might be able to relate to exploration. As we explore more and more and test new things, we come across so many new advancements that can help us in the long run. As we grow up so does technology. I am curious is see what will happen in the next 10 years and how the technology has advanced.The history of the launch pads really shows how much time has grown. Launch pads A and B has been a backdrop for many amazing people and shuttles like Apollo or Skylab.

    Question- How long does it take for the preparation of a launch? Including the people too, how long do they have to work and prep for the launch of them going into space?

    Ireland 3-A

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    1. You have me wondering how much it would be to make one from scratch...???

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  5. Nicole Kahwaty 3A
    I think this launch would be extraordinary thing to learn more about. Not only will it teach more about the engineering of the spacecraft, the math to make this launch happen, but it connects to world history. I can connect this launch to exploration because in the age of exploration we explored the world and more of earth. Now with spacecrafts we are exploring the universe and more space. With space technology we can advance in so many ways to learn more about space and the universe we can discover new ideas, knowledge, and ways to do advance for the future. We study history to learn about the mistakes so we do not repeat them but we also study to take the things that have worked int the past to help us become better for the future. If we get to watch this launch it will be history if we discover something along the way or it if the launch shows us something we never knew before. History is about making people more aware of the things around us and what has happened in the world to what is happening now. I think it is would be so amazing to be able to ask the people there, who are involved in the launch a question. I would want to ask what did they make the spacecraft out of? How long did it take you to build it? Did you learn anything more about how you can make spacecrafts better for a future launch?

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    1. You know what I love about your comment? How you stressed that studying history is just as much as learning about the future as it is learning about the past!

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    2. Tell your brother I said hi.

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  6. Space launches like this are iconic in history because they represent the advancements of technology. A hundred years ago, sending anything into outer space was deemed impossible. Approximately 75 years ago, we sent the first rocket out of the atmosphere, and from there we've been making significant progress. This relates to what we are learning about in world history because we are learning about how curiosity, scientific thinking, and reasoning led to change and development during the Enlightenment. Those virtues still apply today; if someone uses logic to solve a problem, an effective and efficient solution can be discovered. I can also relate this blog post to the Renaissance because the CEO of SpaceX is Elon Musk, who can be described as a Renaissance man. His many different qualities and skills helped the company prosper and do many incredible things, such as this CRS-10 mission. This mission exemplifies the development that comes from critical thinking and problem solving. If we continue to utilize our skills and resources, there's no telling how much we can accomplish in the years to come.

    Question: What are the different factors that have to be considered when preparing for a launch and deciding specific details such as the date?

    Devina B5

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    1. Excellent point, many of you wrote your "Renaissance Man" essays on Elon Musk, and for very good reasons! It's almost like we are learning about the works of a modern day da Vinci!

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  7. Art Nagle from A5 here,

    Exploring space has been a key part of American history. All the way from when NASA was first formed 58 years to today. This launch by SpaceX to the ISS is great because, well, who would've thought we could send a rocket to space or even humans! This connects to what we are learning currently in World History and what we have learned in the past. The Renaissance and Enlightenment were both times of new discoveries and ideas that changed the way mankind thought of the world. The world has also had a small "Renaissance" in recent years thanks to the invention of the Internet, wireless communications, and advancements in all sorts of other fields. SpaceX is an amazing program that has been around since June of 2002. They are making huge advancements in space exploration, and I hope to see their success grow exponentially.

    Question: This might sound far-fetched and straight out of Star Wars, but what is the possibility that some of the world's major powers engage in "space warfare" in the near future?

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    1. That is definitely a valid question, one that concerned many people during the Cold War! I think the cooperation of nations for the ISS puts those fears at rest somewhat, but it's still worth thinking about!

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  8. Shannon Kutcher B3

    This launch marks a sign of continuation and perpetuation for NASA. Over 4,000 pounds of cargo is heading towards the International Space Station in the SpaceX CRS-10 to resupply. This current event intertwines so closely with the scientific revolution that happened so long ago. In the early 1500’s Copernicus discovered that the planets revolved around the sun, despite the church’s belief. This unprecedented new idea that Copernicus unearthed changed the way people thought about outer space. Later in the seventeenth century, Galileo looked up at the moon and stars and saw what Copernicus saw. It was the same sky everyone else experienced, but those two astronomers, along with a few others, went the extra mile to take a closer look at the little details. However, by doing so these two men were opposing the church’s beliefs. Therefore, historians rightfully named this era in the world the scientific revolution. Scientists, for the first time, were making new ideas on their own, without the church’s help. Disregarding the church was very risky. Fortunately, their advances in astronomy, and science as a whole, left an astounding effect on the entire world and did not go unnoticed. If Copernicus and Galileo did not make their astronomical breakthrough hundreds of years ago, all of the knowledge the world has on space could be delayed for centuries. The scientific revolution is the reason why we are resupplying the ISS and making such extraordinary progress in the comprehension of the universe.

    My question: With all of this talk about Mars and advances in getting there, is it likely, or even possible, to have an International Space Station orbit another planet?

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  9. This launch is very similar to the Renaissance. Overall, the company of SpaceX is comparable to a Renaissance man. Although the main goal is to explore space, there are so many contrasting elements, just as in a Renaissance man. The Dragon is not only able to carry cargo, but it can also carry people. Previously only achieved by the government, this commercial company was able to bring goods to the ISS and also return safely to earth. The Dragon was brought into space by the Falcon. This is similar to the Renaissance because there was so much going on within a single company. These rockets made history, and the Renaissance was a very historic time remembered for the rebirth of places that were previously in a horrible condition. It can be argued that SpaceX was able to bring back life to a space program nearly dead due the cancellation of NASA’s shuttle program. Renaissance men were known for their ability to do so many different things while having a stupendous end result. SpaceX is able to achieve so many things, but it is all done with amazing results.

    Question: How will this mission, despite failure or success, change space exploration as we know it today?

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    1. I like how your comment personified a company. That's actually a big and somewhat controversial topic in the study of politics these days. (For example, does a business have rights the way an individual does?)

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  10. This mission is directly related to what we learn in world history class! It encompasses all of the ideals that the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Scientific Revolution were all about. Just a few decades ago, people would laugh at the thought of putting a man into outer space, but humanity made it happen. This connects to the Enlightenment, where people started questioning previous belief and changing what everyone thought to be true into the real truth. However, they did not completely ignore the past, and this connects to how the SpaceX mission rockets will still be launched on the pads where the Apollo mission ships were launched! The technology required to make space missions possible also goes hand in hand with Scientific Revolution ideals. This was a time where people were not only inventing things, but they were discovering the makings of true modern science. The engineers and technicians behind the SpaceX Mission are all using methods and thoughts that were first thought of during that revolutionary time of science. Lastly, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, is a Renaissance Man, as he is very talented and is specialized in several areas, whether it has to do with cars or space missions.

    Question: When was the last cargo resupply sent to the ISS, and how long will this one last?

    -Shuba P. A5

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    1. I bet we can find those answers pretty quickly. Also, you have me wondering, how many people laughed at Elon Musk when he told them his plans?

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  11. This launch of SpaceX CRS-10 certainly ties to what we have learned about in class, especially the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution. Space X became "the first commercial company ever to visit the [International Space] Station," as stated on the Space X website, when its spacecraft Dragon delivered cargo to the ISS and returned cargo safely to Earth in 2012. Not only that, the Falcon 9 is the first spacecraft to be completely developed in the 21st century. With its advanced technology, these spacecrafts will begin new chapter in space exploration. The scientists working on Falcon 9 and Dragon had to use the mathematics, physics, and other discoveries made during the Scientific Revolution to create a safe, efficient spacecraft that could do what it was supposed to do. Also, the launch of Flacon 9 and Dragon will give us a new way of observing space.

    Question: If the machinery were to somehow shut down, what kinds of fail-safes are implemented to make sure that the spacecraft can still complete its mission safely.

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    1. I'm sure there are many, and I look forward to learning about them with you guys!

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    2. I agree with what you said and certainly see your perspective in that the scientists working on Falcon 9 and Dragon had to use the mathematics, physics, and other discoveries made during the Scientific Revolution. This is significant because it adds up to the final product. All these discoveries from the Scientific Revolution laid the path for the safe and efficient spacecraft. Once again, I agree with you and think that this is significant because it reflects the discoveries from the Scientific Revolution and will help observe space

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  12. The SpaceX CRS-10 rocket launch can easily be tied into business. This launch involved a contract made between NASA and SpaceX (as stated in the blog's description), and contracts were the basis of our first semester of business. To begin, SpaceX must have also given NASA some form of consideration (money or other compensation) in exchange for SpaceX using NASA's facilities. Consideration (or both parties giving something) is one of the essential components of a contract, and without it the contract would be invalid. Another way it could be tied into business is that the various parts of Falcon9 and Dragon must have cost lots of money, which also must've been contracted when they purchased. Numerous companies must have sold SpaceX and NASA all of their parts for the launch, and all of these companies must have benefited from a profit standpoint due to these launches. In the end, contracts are often overlooked, but they are apart of virtually everything.

    Question: How much did the construction of Falcon9, Dragon, and the launchpad cost to SpaceX and NASA?

    -Suneet A5

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    1. Excellent point! The partnership does directly relate to the International Business Academy!

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  14. The SpaceX CRS-10 rocket is almost aligned with that of the edification of the Enlightenment. The pad was blown up in an accident, and the repairing of it is very educational to NASA so that they will not make the mistake again. Like the Enlightenment teaches us, we learn from our mistakes as human beings, and in doing this we are advancing the human society by every little action we do that teaches us something new. The launch will be a learning experience for NASA, and potentially a new wealth of information for all.
    Question: Why did the original launch pad explode?

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    1. I think they know why, but it would be interesting to find out what they learned from it!

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  15. The SpaceX CRS-10 is an amazing event, that i think is very much linked to historical events. The apollo space craft took off on the same platform! I can relate this to so many historical events, for example the enlightenment, when they were so involved in learning and stars. We have come so far, and the fact that we can travel out of our planet into space is amazing. it relates to science , and even my academy , veterinary science. This is because as we search for life on other planets in space, it reminds us how amazing the wildlife ,and evolution is on earth. On earth theres is life on the highest mountains and deepest oceans.

    Question: Do they still put animals , like dogs, and chimps, in space?

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    1. I don't think they have in a while, but I could be wrong. I'd love to learn when the last time an animal was in space!

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    2. While the Soviet Sputnik 5 (Aug. 19, 1960) was the first to return animals alive from orbit, many animals have been sent to space. Animals such as dogs, rabbits, monkeys, squirrel monkeys, rats, turtles, insect eggs, fruit flies, newts, etc. have been sent to space. The first animal to survive space exposure was surprisingly in 2007! The latest animal I found that was sent to space was in 2015 and assume animals still are being sent to space to gain further research.

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    3. Animals are still being put into space with the help of our space program. Some of these animals wouldn't be what you thought such as mice in 2015 or fish in 2012.

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  17. The launch of the SpaceX CRS-10 directly relates to the scientific revolution unit we learned in class. The scientific revolution refers to historical changes in thoughts and belief. Years and years ago no one would have thought that we could send people into space, but look at where we are now. It's almost normal to us with the fact that we are able to send people and objects up into space. The launchpad of SpaceX CRS-10 has a history within itself because of the Apollo launches that took place on it. I believe that this launch is adding history onto the launchpad. This launch is historical even without the factor of its launchpad.

    Question: How much was the cost of this whole project? (construction? research?)

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    1. I think someone else asked that question. Yet your response has me thinking, what historical event could that pad be used for in the future??

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  18. Comment from Steve C, Block A2:
    I think it is really cool how the launch site for the apollo missions has been restored which was a 100 million dollar feat by itself. I also found it pretty cool how space x, a private company, and NASA, a public company have become partners. It is actually a fairly successful business strategy to pair with another company that has increased profits for various companies. In the business academy we are learning about international business and considering that the space station is international there must be many different countries that have had to agree to this mission.
    My question is how international business relations helped in the building of the Falcon and Dragon shuttles?

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    1. Your comment has me thinking...I would love to learn about the employees of SpaceX vs NASA- how many people of different countries are represented on each staff??

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    2. Hello Ms. Bohn-Drake,

      Your question got me curious as well. I did some research and found this link: http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/detail/NN00#tab_index_tbl

      On that webpage, there are numerous statistics and intriguing graphs about NASA's workforce. One of the most interesting graphs, in my opinion, showed that NASA' workforce actually had almost 1,500 more employees in 2001 than 2015. Also, although I think it is unfortunate, about 2/3 of the workforce comprises of male workers and only 1/3 female. Furthermore, according to the website, about 73% of the workers are white, 7% are Asian, 12% are African American, 7% are Hispanic, and 1& are multiracial. Even with these statistics about the ethnicities of NASA's workforce, I am not sure whether or not NASA has good racial diversity because I feel racial diversity is more of a relative matter. I think that these statistics must be compared to those of other major companies to really understand whether NASA's workforce is diverse or not.

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  19. As explained in the articles, the company SpaceX is owned by Elon Musk. This amazing man perfectly demonstrates the idea of a "renaissance man". He has so many different passions and fields of expertise, including accounting and physics. He can be considered an inventor, engineer, and entrepreneur. On a seperate note, corporations like NASA and SpaceX strongly reflect the ideas present in the Age of Exploration. As explained in the article "SpaceX Take Over Nasa's Historic Space Shuttle Launch Pad", "NASA has hired SpaceX to taxi astronauts to and from the International Space Station starting in late 2018." Therefore, these two huge companies are together pushing to improve space technology and expand the boundaries of space. From the essay I wrote about Elon Musk earlier this year, I learned that one of his long-term ambitions for the company SpaceX is to send humans to Mars and colonize the planet. In this sense, Elon Musk and companies like SpaceX and Nasa are working hard to expand human horizons, just as the Europeans did during the Age of Exploration! Thank you for your time.

    Question: Will Kennedy Space Center's historic launch pad 39A come into use more often in the future? Or will it only be reserved for special use, such as the rockets and spacecrafts of SpaceX?

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  21. My question is how has your life changed (to whomever you are asking the question) since becoming a part of the NASA program? In class we have been discussing the enlightenment and the exploration of the mind and soul of a human that went on in that time period. These people have dedicated their lives to expanding their knowledge and furthering what human kind as whole knows. With that in mind, has being in the space program changed your outlook on the world and your surroundings? Has your experiences change how you see yourself?

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  22. How has the media impacted the way that NASA now conducts themselves? (when compared to maybe a few years ago?) During the French Revolution, the media and public impacted various parts of the government. Did the opinions of the news or people outside of your job affect things in the final project? Did something change based of off failed or successful missions from other countries? In history, we learned that certain events, i.e the fall of Bastille, create a domino effect that cause many to go through tough times, but the end result satisfies everyone. Maybe, by looking at other countries succeed, NASA could have possibly put themselves into a more stressful position to accomplish more then their rivals.

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  23. The launch of SpaceX would be comparible to the awakening of the renaissance. In the renaissance, they gained New insights about science and technology and wanted to expand their horizons for curiosity and personal benefit. Likewise, we have New knowledge on the infrastucture and trajectory of the rocket and want to explore space to discover New things.

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  24. The idea of NASA making contracts with other organizations is really interesting to me. In Business Law, I learned that the process of making contracts with government entities is different than the regular process of making a contract. For example, if a town needs to build a new public school, for example, first the government needs to make future and potential builders aware of the newly available job. Then, different builders anonymously give price estimates to the town's government. The lowest bid is given the job. In this case, the government may get lower quality building because they are always obligated to choose the lowest price. However, this process of making contracts may be different for NASA because space exploration means that safety is the first priority. Also, in the article about MCST students building lockers to be sent into outer space, CCM signed a Space Act Agreement with the CCM students. I did some research on Space Act Agreements and there are four different types of agreements. I believe that the CCM students had a Funded Space Act Agreement because their work on the lockers was funded by a government organization (in this case, the Department of Education).

    Questions: Does NASA make contracts with outside entities the same way that schools and town halls are made?
    Did the CCM students who worked on the lockers have a Funded Space Act Agreement with NASA?

    - Gauri Kshirsagar B3

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  25. The Space X rocket launch connects to what we learn in world history. The Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon Spacecraft is build very efficiently. As we study what improved through the years, and the new technologies that are developed, it is shown that each one is to benefit the human kind by exceeding more. For example, the invention of the seed drill was to benefit the farmers during the Industrial Revolution so more seeds could be planted at once rather then doing the tedious work of putting them in by hand. This invention was so that there could be advancements in other areas since many people did not have to work on the farm anymore. To every technology, there are positive and negative aspects such as the Space X launch was built to send humans into space. This is clearly considered as positive because it is helping our society learn more about outer space and such. My question is: How many years will it take until this task is accomplished or how close are we to our goal, scientifically speaking?

    -Mahek Desai B3

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  26. Students: note that only comments posted before the launch weekend will be counted as a social media component.

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  27. Sean Fitzsimmons, 2A

    With every age we enter, new beginnings are found, discoveries are made, and each time we find ourselves redefined as a race. There are many ages that can be used as example: in the Stone Age we learned that we were smart enough to craft stone tools to help us survive. In the Bronze Age, we learned that we were smart enough to melt metals down to build better tools for helping us to survive better. With this, it is no different. From the Age of Electronics, we are launched (pun intended) into a new age, one that we have been recently acquainted with, one that we wouldn't mind revisiting. The Space Age was touched down upon by the very tips of our fingers, the concepts themselves barely grasped in the mind of the human. It is obvious that we need to delve into that age again, so that we may enter a new milestone of humanity, one that is glorious and welcoming, one that we knew we belonged in, one that we may come to understand and love.

    The Space X launch is the very factor that determines if we reenter the Space Age, and from the looks of it, it seems that there is no turning back (obviously not now, but when this came out I feel the same). Just like with the Renaissance, where we learned what it truly meant to be human, and the Age of Exploration, where we discovered what we were capable of doing, here is another chance to discover just how far we can push ourselves as a race, so we can see just how far we can go.

    Question: What happened on the launch pad, and why was that enough to stop/ postpone any upcoming launches?

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