Culture: April 2008 Archives

Disturbing E-Mail Goes Out to NASA Employees, WHNT

Editor's note: When employees take dramatic actions such as this - i.e. to circumvent traditional management chains to raise both personal - and important workforce issues - it is symptomatic of managerial insensitivity and incompetence at the top. Dave King should be taking this very seriously - as a personal failure in his own management of MSFC - not something an employee did that requires a reprimand.

Reader note: This is an email that was sent by a Marshall employee yesterday.It was sent as a mass email (Marshall-wide global).Management response: "A MSFC employee sent a mass e-mail to the Marshall workforce today. We are taking appropriate action to provide assistance and to maintain a safe work environment for all of our employees. Due to Privacy Act considerations, we cannot comment further. Dave King, Director".

Email message below:

The Future of NASA Centers,

"Yesterday, I had a very interesting and thought-provoking discussion about the future of JSC and how we're going to get there. (I'm trying to be careful about name-dropping, so as to keep the focus here on the ideas more so than personalities.) One of the subjects we broached was how JSC is famous for its mission operations work, but that a lot of the good engineering work we're doing here is going unnoticed by the public-at-large. I'll actually be meeting with someone tomorrow who is heading up the Engineering Directorate's efforts to share their innovations both internally and externally."

Hickam's book adapted into an award winner, Huntsville Times

"The "Rocket Boys" story is really going to be rocking thanks to a group of directors and producers from New York and New Jersey, who decided to adapt local author Homer Hickam's best seller, "Rocket Boys" (made into the hit movie "October Sky") to the stage. The play is called "Rocket Boys, the Musical" and producers hope to eventually get it on Broadway. It's already received numerous awards, including being one of three to receive the Academy for New Musical Theatre's Search for New Musicals Award in Los Angeles and the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in New York."

ARC: Just Send Ideas

NASA ARC Internal memo: Solving the Institutional Support Budget Crunch: Ideas Wanted

"The center has a very significant PROBLEM: our projected institutional support budget (determined by HQ) is inadequate to meet the current way do business. As we look forward, we now have an OPPORTUNITY: redefine the way we accomplish our business, for significantly less cost, and still meet our program and project needs, provide for the health and safety of our work force and comply with our regulatory and legal requirements."

Universal Puts First Man on the Moon, Coming Soon

"Universal has acquired nonfiction novel "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" and will turn it into a film about the first person to set foot on the moon, says Variety. NASA historian James R. Hansen got rare direct access to Armstrong, a test pilot-turned-astronaut who was so driven to reach the moon and play the role of American hero that he became known as "the Ice Commander."

Reader note: "Holy smokes. Alan Shepard was the Ice Commander, not Neil Armstrong"

Reader note: "Re: the Armstong movie. At least a couple posters on that site caught the factual errors in the PR release for the movie, i.e., about the LM hatch and the "ice commander" tag. More Hollywood crapola."

Reader note: "While its true that Shepard was known as the "Icy commander", some of Armstrong's fellow astronauts came to calling him the "ice commander" after Gemini 8, per "First Man" (page 436 in the softcover edition). That aside, there were some inaccuracies in the Variety article (on which the Coming Soon story was based), and those I understand were the result of Nicole Perlman (no relation) being misunderstood/misquoted. - Robert Pearlman"

2001: A Space Odyssey, Wikipedia

"2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. The film deals with thematic elements of human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life, and is notable for its scientific realism, pioneering special effects, provocatively ambiguous and often surreal imagery, sound in place of traditional narrative techniques, and a very minimal use of dialogue. ... The film's world premiere was on April 2, 1968, at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C."

Editor's note: Have another look at the film's opening (below). Please play this as loud as you possibly can.



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