Private Sector Article Tripe – My Rebuttal

This morning I woke up and looked at Twitter like I always do. Scrolled through my feed looking at the various cat memes, space pictures, gaming achievements, Private Business Should Lead the Way in Space Exploration…

Against my own better judgement I click the link, just waking up, before coffee, I begin to read the “article” and instantly wish I had waited. The author starts out praising private sector, claiming they should “take the lead” in space exploration and not once did he give any recognition to NASA or the fact they are the reason we are in space in the first place. The authors article, in my opinion, is a glorified Elon Musk fanboy article that leaves out any facts for either side.

For anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge ULA supporter but I am also not delusional in the thinking that ULA will replace NASA. Private sector is a supporting role for NASA, to help keep costs down so we can continue exploring space and discovering our vast and amazing universe. In my opinion If we solely relied on private sector or in a lot of people’s minds, Space X, we would be so behind, Russia would be on Mars already with a Starbucks.

As far as private sector using their own money (as pointed out in the article), trust me it comes from sources. NASA is allotted a budget every year they have to fight for and for anyone who has watched the budget hearings knows what a struggle it is. It has to be distributed among numerous NASA facilities all off which have their own needs for the funding. Private sector is a sole business…

Without NASA we wouldn’t have the satellites built for humanities vast love of technology and without private sector we wouldn’t have the means to get them up into orbit. The Mars rovers, the satellites and our astronauts we took to the moon was all because of NASA and to say private sector should lead the way is a slap in the face of America. It concerns me that I come off as a person who dislikes private sector which isn’t the case. I am a person who dislikes fanboyrism to the point of “opinion as fact” and articles that try and support the tripe. I will leave you with the article link so you can form your own opinion and I am open to comments and questions. You can contact me here or my Twitter handle @AstroAnarchy.

Article for reference: http://www.insidesources.com/private-business-should-lead-the-way-in-space-exploration/

I just ask one thing, please research and read before stating anything that could be your opinion as fact.

 

Rachelle Williams

@AstroAnarchy

 

 

Space for Everyone – Why I do what I do

When I started this endeavor over a year ago I never thought I would travel this far. When I first started promoting space travel, amateur astronomers/astrophotographers and astronomy through Twitter my goal was to share my love for all things space. I wanted to make it so astronomy and space travel was easier for everyone to understand. When I started college for my astronomy degree I kept thinking “There has to be an easier way for me to understand this, for everyone to understand this.” So I started to simplify they way I processed the information and utilized that for Twitter and my blog.

The goal, the ultimate goal is to share astronomy and space travel with everyone. From the little girl who love looking up at the stars to the most novice astronomer and everyone in

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between. Space excites me, so naturally I want everyone to be excited about it but the best way to do that is to make it so everyone gets it. There is a way to talk about stats and figures without being that stats and figures person who confuses everyone. Some people may see this as not being serious about the industry, that simplifying or making it so space is fun to talk about is not professional my goal is to prove them wrong.

I have a pretty big gamer following on Twitter, some of my biggest supporters are in fact, gamers. I reach people who don’t solely geek out over space and that right there is the reason I do this. I have been messaged privately from gamers who have said my enthusiasm is what made them go out that night and look up at the night sky and THAT right there is why I do this. I reached those people who may not have done just that, I reached them and they went out and discovered the night sky.

If space geeks only reach space geeks then what the hell are we doing this for?

I am now a part of a team where we will be producing a podcast to follow the same statement. To produce space content for everyone, report the space news in a fun way where stats and figures won’t feel like the main focus. The podcast crew all have different backgrounds, the diversity is a big range but space brought us all together. Curt Godwin,  James Ridgers, Gene Mikulka, Carolina Garza and me, Rachelle Williams. A big band of misfits working together to showcase how amazing space is for everyone to appreciate.

I love astronomy, I love sharing it with who will every listen and even if I just get through to one person about space who may not realize how amazing it is then my day is complete. So I ask that before you assume something about someone you stop for a moment and get to know them because fun and enthusiastic doesn’t equate to not serious. It just means their love of something may not be delivered in a fashion you are use to. So with that I leave you with my usual saying because I feel it can’t be said enough.

Go out. Look up. Discover.

 

Rachelle Williams

@AstroAnarchy

 

The Anarchist Guide to the Universe

The Emperor’s New Clothes

 

Welcome to the first episode of my first podcast “The Anarchist Guide to the Universe”! I am very excited I get to finally announce this and post the first episode. This episode will address the Space X Falcon 9 debacle and I get to talk about my trip to NASA Armstrong for the NASA Social for The State of NASA.

My co-host for this episode is Gene Mikulka @genejm29

I hope you all enjoy the first episode of “The Anarchist Guide to the Universe” and remember…..

Go out. Look up. Discover.

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My First Lecture – A Space Anarchist and LIGO

Let me first start by explaining some background to this story, I am president of Saddleback College Astronomy and Physics Club and we have a lecture series. Now, this series usually involves professors giving the lectures and they are typically amazing but I felt we needed something new. Something that hadn’t been done before in the lecture series and then the idea came to me…wp-1457327035330.jpg

A night with the officers.

Now, I don’t know if I was tired, delirious, hungry or drunk but I thought it would be a great idea to have myself and two of my officers each give a lecture on the topic of our choice. And guess what? It was a hit.

Carolina Garza my Publicist spoke on the Cassini Mission and she absolutely nailed it. Well spoken, confident and handled an unruly guests questions with grace and confidence.

Neda Afkhami my Secretary spoke about Dark Matter with poise, a confidence I have never seen with her and I was so proud.

The evening was met with rave reviews and a very happy club adviser. I was very proud of my officers and I wanted to make sure I gave them the praise they deserved before I got into my story because they absolutely deserved it.

Now without further ado…

I have never gave a lecture before let alone even thought about giving a lecture on something as big as LIGO. I have a debilitating fear of speaking in front of an audience and I loathed that I fear it. So in my moment of self loathing I decided to have a night with the officers. Now, when I say I was nervous that is an understatement, I was an absolute basket case. I questioned my self everyday after I decided to have the three of us do this and the day the flyers were made I just sat and stared at the page. I kept thinking “What the hell did I do? I can’t do this.” Wait, I can’t do this? Have I lost my mind? And it was that moment I kicked my own ass.

“I can’t do this” is something I swore never to tell myself again so I put on my big girl panties, buckled down and started my LIGO presentation prep. I was going to do this, I didn’t care if I passed out on stage I was going to give my LIGO lecture. So help me someone better have smelling salt to revive me because I was going to give that damn lecture! I knew the material, I had been researching LIGO long before I decided to do this  and I was confident in my ability to put the presentation together but deliver it? Not so much.

And then the day arrived and this was the results.

 

And there it is, a pale redhead in a NASA shirt and heels tackled LIGO and the rest is history.

Rachelle Williams

@AstroAnarchy