Originally posted by jcarpenter
2) NASA is a national security organization that specializes in propaganda. Which pretty much fits the rest of our government. Do you *really*
believe a damn thing they say?
...says someone who has never met/grown-up/hung-out/gotten drunk with anyone who's worked for or with NASA.
As someone who has, my response is:
NASA is not even a monolithic entity. It is a confederation of research centers, each with different focus and specialties. Some are more
science-oriented (like Glenn & Langley), some are engineering centers (Marshall & Stennis), and some primarily support operations (Kennedy & Johnson).
JPL blends all three. Note that these centers often compete with each other for slices of NASA's meager budget and the fights can get public and
acrimonious at times (the most obvious example being JPL's automated probes versus Johnson's Manned Spaceflight Center).
The people who work at NASA centers are not like these guys
They are more like this bunch
. Scientists & engineers eat,
drink, cuss, screw, brag, joke and sleep-in on weekends just as much as anyone who works in retail or the fast-food industry. They simply have earned
I could have been one of them, but in high school & college I was too busy dreaming
about exploring other planets to do the homework
finish the assignments
and follow the academic path
that would have earned me
one of those cool jobs.
So here's a couple of by-words for all of you would-be explorers (and everyone else, for that matter) who is slogging through school, wondering what
all this bull# is about:
"More crucial than any single fact or subject, the most important thing you can learn from school is how to complete an assignment on time and to the
best of your ability - even if you do not understand its relevence. If you can do this, then your possibilities will be boundless; if not, then your
life will be limited and frustrating."
-- Richard Rather
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will
not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are
omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”
-- Calvin Coolidge