Actor Tom Rodriguez is still on cloud nine over his recent trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
It tuned out to be his lucky day as Tom bumped into Roger Crouch at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. The American scientist and astronaut flew as payload specialist on two NASA Space Shuttle missions in 1997.
Tom documented the meeting with a photo of them together, now on Instagram.
“What a TREAT! Here at @kennedyspacecenter with payload specialist NASA astronaut Roger Crouch who flew to space twice!! Such an inspiring story. Colorblind and turned down by the Navy, Marines and the Airforce, he persisted and was finally taken up to space by @NASA at age 56 in ’83 proving that never giving up on dreams always pays off! Thank you @gmapinoytv and @onephilippinesflorida for this AMAZING experience!!!,” he wrote.
Tom said he also witnessed live the Atlas five rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral.
“United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, blasted off into space on Thursday morning, one of the final satellites for the U.S. Air Force’s new secure communications network,” published in Reuters a few days ago. “The satellite was launched at 6:13 a.m. (1030 GMT) from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop ULA’s Atlas V rocket, the same vehicle primed to send a manned space capsule into orbit for NASA by 2020.”