CCISD & JSC Celebrate Milestone Launch

CCISD & JSC Celebrate Milestone Launch
Posted on 11/17/2020
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Clear Creek ISD and JSC Community Join Together in Celebration of SpaceX Crew-1 Launch
NASA JSC Recognizes Support and Leadership of CCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith


Living in the backyard of the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) has infinite benefits, and watching the historic launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission on November 15, 2020 – JSC and CCISD as a community – is one such benefit.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the community launch viewing event (Photo Credit: NASA).

The successful launch was historic as it was on the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is the.crew rotation mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. The Crew-1 mission is the first of six crewed missions NASA and SpaceX will fly as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, known as Launch America.

Though SpaceX commands the spacecraft from its mission control center in Hawthorne, California, NASA teams monitor space station operations throughout the flight from the Mission Control Center from the Johnson Space Center, where many CCISD families work, thus adding to the excitement of the community launch viewing event.

As Crew-1 launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, CCISD and JSC space fans watched from CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium and together counted down the launch of the mission livestreamed on the stadium’s video board.

JSC Director of the External Relations Office and CCISD Board Trustee Arturo Sanchez welcomed guests and introduced program speakers; Donna Shafer, Associate Center Director of NASA JSC, Retired Astronaut Clay Anderson and CCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith.

“NASA is also celebrating a special milestone this month,” said Sanchez. “The 20th anniversary of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, which means current CCISD students have never known life without humans living and working off our planet.”

“It is fitting this event be shared between NASA and CCISD because one of the goals of our agency is to achieve these monumental feats as inspiration to others,” said Shafer.

CCISD students played supporting roles in the excitement of the launch event.

  • C3Studios student crew ran audio/video for the event with live shots of the crowd and live feed of the mission countdown from KSC.
  • Clear Springs High School JROTC cadets presented the Nation’s and State of Texas flags
  • Clear Falls High School Troubadour’s performed the National Anthem

In congratulations for his impending retirement and in appreciation of his steadfast support of the JSC community throughout his 13 years in the District, Shafer presented CCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith with a mission medallion flown on STS-123 space shuttle mission in 2008, the year Smith began as CCISD Superintendent.

“Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, JSC and CCISD have worked together to inspire the next generation of explorers,” said Shafer. “Students in the HUNCH Program at CCISD have constructed hardware which has launched to the ISS, including a galley table around which the astronauts, like the Crew-1, have their meals.”

“CCISD is part of the JSC family and we thank Dr. Greg Smith for his visionary leadership and lifetime devotion to public education to ignite a spirit of exploration for all students,” said Shafer.

Visitors to the stadium posed for photos in front of the SpaceX Dragon capsule exhibit erected on the stadium concourse, which was completely to scale of the actual capsule.

At 6:27 p.m., Crew-1 Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA Astronaut Soichi Noguchi launched into low earth orbit, cheered on by the crowd gathered to celebrate the community achievement the historic mission represents.

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