The long and winding road to Mars -

The long and winding road to Mars

When NASA ended its Space Shuttle program in 2011, it received quite a bit of push back from engineers, many of whom were inspired to enter the field because of NASA, and the wondrous ways it brought science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from the depths of space into our living rooms.

In the years since the iconic program’s end, many an engineer has rifted NASA, asking what exactly they’ve been up to. After all, it’s not like we’ve walked anywhere beyond the moon and it’s now nearly 50 years since Neil Armstrong took that first “giant leap for mankind.”

At the keynote address for this week’s ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) in Minneapolis, NASA Flight Software Production System Manager, Orion Program, Darrel Raines, addressed why it seems to be taking so long for NASA to do anything other than a rover on Mars and beyond.

Shared by @hotblackjava via twitter: Darrel Raines presenting keynote. MPCV software overview #ESCMINN 

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