School of Ed Faculty Member Attends SpaceX Launch as “Lay Journalist”

| May 21, 2012
NASA Social event for SpaceX

NASA panel: photo by Christine Robbe, Webster School of Ed adjunct faculty member

Webster University School of Education adjunct faculty member Christine Nobbe was at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., over the weekend for the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule.

SpaceX is a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space as the Space Shuttle program has ended.

Nobbe attended a two-hour NASA Social event with NASA experts which was filmed and recorded for NASA’s educational channel.

You can watch that below (at the 25:00 mark, Nobbe begins asking SpaceX president Gwynn Shotwell to talk to students about opportunities and careers related to space exploration and engineering):


Nobbe was also interviewed by Houston ABC affiliate KTRK because she was accepted by NASA to attend the launch as a “lay journalist” chronicling events, which her┬ásecond graders at the Center for Creative Learning in the Rockwood School District have also followed closely.

Saturday’s launch was aborted during the final countdown, but the next launch attempt was successful early Tuesday morning, May 22. Nobbe was there for that second attempt, and you can follow her reporting on Facebook or through Twitter at @NobbeChristine.

Watch video of Tuesday’s successful launch below:


Last updated Tuesday, May 22

Category: Faculty, Webster in the News

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  1. Mandy Cosat says:

    We on the Space Coast of Florida are all very excited that the Space X launch from Kennedy Space Center was successful this morning. However, just a reminder that KSC is in Florida and not Houston.

    • Dominik Jansky says:

      Of course! Thanks, Mandy. It’s been corrected. I suspect with the Houston TV affiliate on site, “Houston” escaped notice in the editing process.