Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the “State of NASA” NASA Social event at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
NASA Socials are events during which NASA opens its doors to members of social media. That’s anyone with a blog, an active Twitter feed, Instagram account, Facebook profile, and so on. NASA Social events range from watching rockets launch to touring test facilities.
NASA has centers throughout the United States, and NASA Socials happen pretty regularly–follow @NASASocial to learn about events in your area.
My NASA Social event was built around NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s State of NASA address.
NASA might not seem like a natural topic for this travel blog. It’s easy to forget that so much of what makes our lives easier as travelers–airplanes, GPS, weather forecasting, emergency transmitters–use components developed by NASA for space exploration.
And that word right there, “exploration”–isn’t that what travel is really all about?
Hopefully, one day people will be blogging about their trips to Europa and Mars rather than China and Egypt.
But the only way we get to those destinations is through the work being done at more-terrestrial places like Goddard Space Flight Center.