NASA: Still Dancing with the Stars

Categories: Science & Technology
Dr. Sharon Cobb

Dr. Sharon Cobb

Widely known as the organization that pioneered space flight, NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was established by president Dwight D. Eisenhower amidst fears that the United States would lose the technology race to Russia, allowing them to dominate space, the U.S., and the world. This points to a history of covetousness of knowledge about space. In the aftermath of the space race, the domain has become both highly competitive and highly collaborative. The International Space Station (ISS), a joint venture and research facility operated and maintained by many countries around the world, represents decades of collaborative work between nations toward a deeper understanding of the universe.

Some contemplate the universe with wonder, longing to know what awaits on other planets, in other solar systems, and in the space between; others think they already know. But what really goes on in the universe remains a great mystery, a source of infinite curiosity. NASA embodies humanity’s fascination with exploration, discovery, and the unknown. In the search for new horizons, new potential, and answers to our deepest questions, space is the ultimate frontier. NASA was formed to explore that frontier, ushering humanity’s quest for understanding into the stars.

From Apollo 11’s momentous moon landing to Apollo 13’s emergency landing and the devastating Challenger disaster, the agency has seen its highs and lows. However, NASA’s continued innovation has brought us many technological advances over the last 50 years. When the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, many wrongly assumed that NASA’s space programs had come to a close. As it turns out, the agency is hard at work developing a new vehicle for space flight, amongst other important projects.

its rainmaking time feels that NASA’s current work is too exciting to overlook. In this spirit, we’ve invited Dr. Sharon Cobb, the assistant program manager for the Space Launch System Office, managed at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Space Launch System is the new rocket NASA is building that will have the capability to take humans farther into our solar system than ever before. We’ll explore governmental versus private space industries, leadership and stewardship, and discoveries from the Marshall Space Flight Program – including the way 3-D printed parts are being used in the new vehicle! Join us for an authentic conversation with Dr. Sharon Cobb as we ask some very delicate and engaging questions.

8 comments… add one
  • Geo Feb 19, 2014 @ 12:19

    Hi Kim
    Wonderful interview
    Many thanks

  • LCD Feb 26, 2014 @ 18:02

    It is so refreshing and encouraging to see a highly accomplished woman, of Dr. Cob’s calibre, in positions like this. This show provided some very interesting insight into NASA and its current programs. Learning about the facts presented, the new technologies involved, and seeing those beautiful photos of space and the different space ships/astronauts, along with your great questions, made this a truly fascinating show. Your tribute to those lost in space was very touching. The revelations and work of Dr. Pari Spolter would certainly make another fascinating show! THANK YOU Kim.

  • Priscilla Poumale-Porter Mar 6, 2014 @ 22:17

    Hello Dr cobb, thank you for inviting me into page, about Nasa.. i throughly enjoyed reading up about the work use guys are still doing… hope to read up more about the current work about rainmaker..
    Looking forward to your reply… thanks again Priscilla

  • Robert Mar 16, 2014 @ 12:18

    The planet is not in danger of catastrophic man made global warming. Even if we burn all the world’s recoverable fossil fuels it will still only result in a temperature rise of less than 1.2 per cent.

    So say The Right Climate Stuff Research Team, a group of retired NASA Apollo scientists and engineers – the men who put Neil Armstrong on the moon – in a new report.

    In 1932, scientists were worried the melting polar ice caps drowning the planet, just like today. But by 1969, scientists were worried about a new ice age. This was because the temperature cooled by a large amount between the 1930′s and the 1960′s

    Now let’s correlate that with NASA temperatures. They show that the global warming scare of 1932 was colder than the global cooling scare of 1969, and much colder than the present global warming scare.

    This makes no sense from a scientific point of view, and is due to data tampering by NASA/NOAA. Before Hansen started tampering with the data, the National Academy of Sciences correctly showed that 1932 was much warmer than 1969.

    Do we really know what is going on at NASA ?

    • Site Admin Mar 16, 2014 @ 19:29

      Robert, did you listen to this interview before you commented? I ask because this interview was about NASA’s public work, not climate change – and you have not made reference to anything the guest said. Our Site Policy states that discussion should be kept relevant to the segment you’re commenting on.

      If you haven’t listened to the segment, please refrain from further commentary until you have. Incidentally, your comments on climate change may be relevant on any of the 30+ segments Kim has produced on that topic from 2009-present.

      • Robert Mar 17, 2014 @ 4:25

        I did listen to the segment weeks ago 2x. Climat is not the issue here the issue is that if one part of an organisation doesn’t tell me the truth and distorts the facts I can’t trust any part of this organisation. They still didn’t convince me they were on the moon.

        Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

        George Washington

        • Site Admin Mar 17, 2014 @ 8:59


          The segment was neither about trusting NASA nor about climate change. It was about NASA’s public work, and all speculation aside, you are being asked to respect our Site Policy. Please do that by keeping your comments relevant to the segment, i.e. topics the guest discussed, and/or your issues with it.

          • Robert Mar 18, 2014 @ 2:31


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