The year 2012 was an exciting one for space exploration enthusiasts. NASA, America’s space agency, reached important milestones and succeeded in several amazing endeavors.
– 2012 marked the 12-year anniversary of human space habitation on the International Space Station (ISS). Experiments aboard the station, of which there have been more than 1,500, advanced human knowledge of medicine, the environment, and the universe at large.
– The first NASA-contracted private delivery flight brought cargo to the International Space Station. Built by the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to fly at least 12 more delivery missions to the ISS between 2013 and 2016.
– NASA landed its most advanced robotic rover to date on the Red Planet. The Mars Science laboratory mission, with the Curiosity Rover, landed near a Martian mountain in August.
About the Author:
Phil Monkress is the President and CEO of All Points Logistics, which provides management support services to U.S. government agencies. Monkress’s company was named Boeing Supplier of the Year in 2012.