NASA meets the United States Navy

One of my favorite things to do is take NASA related trips. That’s right; I like to go places where people who work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are going to be teaching us about all types of activities they take part in. I have seen two space shuttles nose to nose. I have listened to John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, talk about what it was like to go into space. I have seen some of the activities that astronauts take part in at space camp. Most recently I went to a naval base in Norfolk, Virginia where I saw a water recovery test of a model of the Orion capsule that will one day take astronauts into deep space to places such as the moon, Mars, or an asteroid.

Orion with the diving teams in front of a battleship.
Orion with the diving teams in front of a battleship.

It was my first time on a naval base, and it was very interesting.
A K-9 unit, like those in Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage, had their dog sniff our bags before we could get too close to the water. Then a person searched each of our bags and we had to go through a metal detector. We heard from Navy chiefs about the work their divers were doing to recover the Orion capsule. We saw huge battleships that could fit helicopters on deck and aircraft carriers that were even longer to fit a runway and airplanes.

Orion in drained well deck
Orion capsule on board after the well deck was drained.

Then we got to tour a battleship. We saw the well deck where they put Orion after they recovered it and drained all the water from the ship.

We saw the bunks where the soldiers sleep, turrets for the machine guns, the captain’s chair, the operating room with X-ray machines, and more.

One of the operating rooms on board.
One of the operating rooms on board.

It was an amazing and inspiring trip, making me prouder and more impressed by the U.S. Navy. If you would like to learn how the Navy helps NASA, Prairie State has an eBook for you – Navy’s needs in space for providing future capabilities.

Continue reading to find out what books and sources you can use to learn more about NASA and the Navy and see more pictures of my trip.

If you want to learn more about the Navy, you can search the database for United States Navy. 

Other Navy related eBooks are Technological Change and the United States Navy by William McBride, Identification of promising Naval Aviation science and technology opportunities, and The Navy and Marine Corps in regional conflict in the 21st century.

Orion attached to tow ropes being pulled into the ship as part of the recovery.
Orion attached to tow ropes being pulled into the ship as part of the recovery.

Navy team meets the NASA team and an astronaut after the exercise.
Navy team meets the NASA team and an astronaut after the exercise.

The links in the text will take you directly to the search, book, or other resource. You can click on the pictures to see them larger. Also, feel free to come talk to me at the reference desk anytime about my trips or about other science or Navy resources at PSC.

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