Thunder Learns About Missiles and Space

Posted on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Date of Internship: Tuesday January 21, 2014

Hi, it’s me Thunder T. Bear.

I started my internship this week with Nathan’s Dad, Ralph, working for the Space Dynamics Lab.  It took some time to get my security clearances (special badges that allow me to enter buildings) at the Missile Defense Space Center but once I got authorized I was able to gain

Thunder on base at Schriever.

Thunder on base at Schriever.

access to the Missile Defense Integration and Operations facility.  My job was to identify data collection opportunities for the special spacecraft (satellites) that can track missiles and rockets launched from Earth.  My job provides a service to the protection of our country, the United States of America.   The job is located in a rural area east of Colorado Springs at Schriever Air Force Base.   In my job, I interacted with other community members such as research organizations and military services (Army, Air Force, and Navy) to help gather data from space for researching ways to improve missile defense capabilities.  My job supports our community by contributing to the protection of the United States from anyone that wants to do harm.  If this job did not exist, then we would not be advancing our Nation’s defenses using spacecraft that orbit our Earth.   Because of the sensitive nature of information at my job, I was not able to take any pictures of my adventure and I have been sworn to secrecy.

Until next time,

Thunder T. Bear

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