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      Jim Christensen

      Jim Christensen, Executive Director of the Aldrin Family Foundation’s ShareSpace Education Prior to joining the ShareSpace Foundation, Jim Christensen served as Director of Education at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. He led a team to design the new Astronaut Training Experience and Mars Base 1, an immersive experience of preparing for spaceflight and living and working on Mars. He also worked as part of the “Teaching from Space” program at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he coordinated the first Spaceflight Education Opportunity.
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      Technology, Space, and the Speed of Change

      Posted by Jim Christensen on Thu, Apr 23, 2020

      I really enjoy my work. Part of what I do puts me in situations where I learn new things and more about topics I thought I already understood. It is the second part of that sentence that tends to humble me fairly often.

      When I talk to kids about space, I often tell them we know about this much about space, as I hold my fingers close together, and that there is this much to know, as I spread my arms out as far as I can.

      As I walked out of a recent meeting, I began to think about how it is easy to become impressed with what we think we know when the simple fact is that there is so very much more to understand. We are separated from our students’ level of understanding by a very thin margin.

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      Topics: STEM, Robotics

      Honoring the Moon Missions and Inspiring Tomorrow's Scientists

      Posted by Jim Christensen on Tue, Sep 10, 2019

      This year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. While it is easy to focus only on Apollo 11, this celebration of human achievement actually began in a somber way when we commemorated 50 years since the loss of the Apollo 1 crew, which occurred back in January of 1967. We moved on to remembering the first manned Apollo 7 mission from October 1968, and the audacious Apollo 8 flight to the moon in December of that same year. Apollo 9 cleared the way by testing the lunar lander in Earth orbit in March of 1969. Apollo 10 proved our ability to rendezvous in lunar orbit in May, which all led to the big event on July 20, 1969 when humans first set foot on the moon.

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      Topics: STEM

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