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Microgravity Proposal Rejected



By  Charles Nick     12/13/2009    Labels:,,,, 
Well, after a month of waiting the e-mail was received from NASA. The title of this blog post is obvious to the decision made by the NASA RGSFOP (Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program). I was in Philadelphia, PA on a business trip observing a few maintenance procedures for some EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) activities when I received the e-mail. I was sad and happy at the same time.

Our proposal's subject was soldering in space. Our goal was to better define all of the major issues, propose some possible scenarios to fix the issues, and measure the results testing our hypotheses. It is sad as we had some great ideas that will just fall to the side now. If NASA gets funding for 14 more flights (their program was cut in half this year) then we might be on the roster, but I don't see that happening.

Why would I possibly be happy with the decision that we were not accepted? It is because I was using this decision to be a trigger point on another decision that I have put off for awhile. The question was, "should I stay in Houston or not?" I told myself that if the proposal went through that I would stay in Houston at least till next July, if not then I would look for employment somewhere else. It is not because I hate Houston, but because I have some specific goals and Houston doesn't seem to fit in them right now.

I have learned a lot these last couple of years being here for sure, but I think it is time to move on and complete my other goals. 'Many are the plans of a mans heart, but the Lord's purposes will prevail' is a Proverb that is 100% true so I am open to whatever God throws my way. If he shows me that I am to stay by some specific circumstance (of which I have no control) then I'll follow his direction.

The primary goal in this life is not to 'do what I want', but discover God's will through his Son Jesus Christ and follow him by loving others and teaching them discipleship of Jesus Christ. He saved me from death, literally, and I pray that he uses me to save others from the coming judgement through his Son.

-Charles

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Having fun inventing cool stuff that you will use one day | business consultant | ex-NASA ISS loggy | aspiring speaker | musician | Third Wave Water | The Wright Cup | Douvalis Labs

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