The Foundations of Flight Operations

1. To instill in ourselves these qualities essential to professional excellence

  • Discipline … Being able to follow as well as lead, knowing that we must master ourselves before we can master our task.
  • Competence … There being no substitute for total preparation and complete dedication, for flight will not tolerate the careless or indifferent.
  • Confidence … Believing in ourselves as well as others, knowing that we must master fear and hesitation before we can succeed.
  • Responsibility … Realizing that it cannot be shifted to others, for it belongs to each of us; we must answer for what we do or fail to do.
  • Toughness … Taking a stand when we must; and to try again and again, even if it means following a more difficult path.
  • Teamwork … Respecting and using the ability of others. realizing that we work toward a common goal, for success depends on the efforts of all.
  • Vigilance … Being always attentive to the dangers of flight; never accepting success as a substitute for rigor in everything we do.

2. To always be aware that, suddenly and unexpectedly, we may find ourselves in a role where our performance has the ultimate consequences.

3. To recognize that the greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that, in the trying, we do not give it our best effort.

#JSC #NASAIntern is Half Over

8 weeks down, 8 weeks to go. I’ve done some incredible things already and met and bonded with some incredible people! I can’t wait to see what the next 8 weeks hold, and then what comes next.

I’m working hard to find a permanent position at JSC. On Friday (20 Mar 2015) the interns and co-ops heard from Ginger Kerrick about her inspirational story of going from intern, to co-op, to the first non-astronaut CAPCOM, to Flight Director. Wow! What a story. It reassured me that it’s not crazy for me to be here in this situation. If you ever have a chance to meeting Ms. Kerrick or hear her speak, jump at the chance – you won’t regret it!

The other interns are SO dope! We’ve bonded over board games and St. Patrick’s Day parties (where I finally got to break out the tables). Thank you for making me feel like family.

And speaking of family, my friends that have been here for a while have been so incredibly gracious and helpful. I can’t thank Natcho, James, Liz, and Jess enough. You’ve made me feel at home when I’ve never lived away from home (the Greater Cincinnati area) before. You’re freaking awesome! You are family! Damn kids! Get off my lawn! 😉

I really want to stay here and work, and enjoy life outside of work with these amazing people.

This place really feels like home. 🙂

PS If you or someone you know wants to intern at NASA check out the OSSI page for NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars