Timmy's ready to tour NASA Goddard's Space Flight Center!
It's a very space-filled month for us here at ThinkGeek!
On Tuesday, May 16th, we had the privilege of touring NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Needless to say, we were pretty much geeking out the entire time. Timmy & co. got to see the inner workings of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, Astrobiology Lab, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Facility, Spacecraft Test & Integration Complex (so many chambers and cleanrooms!), and the James Webb Space Telescope! Seeing all the work that goes into creating and testing satellite-servicing giant robot arms and the measures taken to build new satellites was awe-inspiring. We were especially excited to see the James Webb Space Telescope. Watching this telescope launch and come to life will be one for the history books, folks. It's going to be GINORMOUS -- the mirror is 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) in diameter. A mirror this large has never been launched into space! Thank you, NASA Blueshift for hosting us & giving us the VIP treatment.
After our visit, one thing that stuck with us was how NASA Goddard works with countries all over the world to develop these satellites. The love of space is something that is shared worldwide! That's why, we've decided to donate $1,000 to Astronomers Without Borders this month. AWB is a non-profit organization that fosters understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries by creating relationships through astronomy. Their projects promote sharing--sharing resources, sharing knowledge, sharing inspiration--all through a common interest in something basic and universal: sharing the sky.
Speaking of which, something very interesting was spotted in the skies the other day. WhatTravisSays launched a Space TARDIS into our atmosphere, with a Timmy Jack Harkness hitching a ride. Watch the video below to see Timmy make his way into space! You can also watch the making of and a blooper reel of the project on his channel. Thanks for letting him go along for the ride, Travis!
Thanks again to NASA Goddard, Astronomers Without Borders, and WhatTravisSays for doing what you do. Your love of space inspires us to go out and explore the universe!