Celebrities Thank NASA Shuttle Teams (Part 3)

Uploaded by ReelNASA on 30.08.2011

>> Hi, everybody.
I'm Steven Curtis Chapman.
I love Houston, and this is my first time actually to get to visit Johnson Space Center.
Amazing place here, amazing work that you have done for 30 years and beyond, I'm sure, and yet,
new beginnings, you know, new journeys that you have ahead of you for all of you.
And so I want to celebrate that with you.
Thanks for giving me this opportunity to say, job well done,
and the best is yet to come, God bless you.
>> We give the Space Shuttle this vehicle, this anthropomorphic appearance.
It's almost like human-like characteristics.
But we have often forgotten over the years that that vehicle out there would not fly,
could not fly if it wasn't for all of the spectacular people all over the United States
that have contributed and made the Space Shuttle and the Shuttle Program what it is, so,
believe me, my hat is off to all of you for the incredible job that you've done all these years.
>> To everyone who works at NASA now, who's ever worked at NASA, and has made this possible,
just know that you're an inspiration to not only Americans, not only kids,
but people of all ages all over the Earth, and off of the Earth, as well.
Thank you for everything you've done, all your hard work
and all the years you've spent learning how to do it.
It's a real thrill to be a part of NASA in any way, and I'm truly grateful.
>> I'm Jordan Lyles.
>> I'm Clint Barmes, and from everyone at the Houston Astros, thank you,
NASA for all the years of service.
>> And best of luck with future endeavors.
>> I'm David Burke, president of Houston Aeros Hockey team.
The Space Shuttle Program's role in achieving great things in space has given Americans
and all human beings immeasurable rewards on earth.
Many of the advances we now take for granted have their roots in the Shuttle Program.
The name, Houston Aeros, pays tribute to the courage
and adventure that is so much a part of NASA.
On behalf of the entire organization, we'd like to thank you for your service
in helping America achieve dominance in space exploration.
>> Hello to all our friends at NASA's Johnson's Space Center.
This is Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets.
On behalf of everyone here at the Rockets and around the city of Houston,
I'd like to thank you all for the perseverance and dedication you have displayed over the years
to advance human space flight and the overall understanding of our planet.
Your perseverance and hard work have made a real difference in all of our lives.
NASA has been an integral part of our community, and we look forward
to the next great chapter in your history.
Enjoy the night.
>> I'm Eric Winston from the Houston Texans, and we just want to say a big thank you
from the Texan family for all you've done.
Making space a reality for everyone here has been such an accomplishment, and we look forward
to still the continued work you're going to do for all of us,
and everyone in the Houston community.
>> And to all the employees of NASA, I am privileged to be amongst you and humbled
by the work that you do, thank you, thank you, for your tireless effort.
We appreciate it.
>> Thanks to the great people of NASA who make space flight possible.
Elmo can't wait for the future.
>> Hello, NASA folks.
I know there are a lot of parrotheads amongst you.
I appreciate you being my fans and I just want you to know
that I've been a big fan of yours for a long time.
Congratulations, and let's keep going that way.
>> Greetings to the Johnson Space Center from the International Space Station.
I'm Expedition 28 crew member Ron Garan with my crew mate, Mike Fossum,
and we'd just like to say hi, and we'd like to thank you all for your incredible efforts
to build this amazing orbital research facility.
Quite frankly, this amazing facility would not have been constructed if it were not
for the Space Shuttle, and if it were not for the hard work and dedication of all of you
on the ground and all of us in orbit working together as an amazing team.
So thank you very much for that.
And I think that the fruits of our labor are very soon going to be seen.
The International Space Station is not only a stepping stone for the continued exploration
of the rest of our solar system, it's not only a shining example of international cooperation,
but I think that very soon the whole world will know, and history books will prove,
that this incredible orbiting research facility has made a huge, positive impact on our world.
>> It's been said that tens of thousands of people worked in
or supported the Space Shuttle Program in some way.
I'm quite confident that's an underestimate.
Hundreds of thousands of people have certainly worked and contributed
to the Space Shuttle Program over the last 30, but really 35, 40 years when you go back
through the development time, too.
It has been a huge, monumental undertaking, the likes of which the world has never seen.
The Space Shuttle Program itself has influenced though, millions and millions of people
around the globe, challenged and inspired and given cause for hope,
given a cause for the young child to walk out in the backyard and look
up at the stars at night and dream, what if.
Is that possible?
The answer is yes, it is.
But it takes a huge team working together, putting everything they've got
into making it happen, which you have done, which we have done for decades.
What an amazing accomplishment, and what a great, great time this is
and great celebration of a program well executed.
>> Again we want to thank you all for your efforts and your hard work.
We have really made an one-of-a-kind team, an incredible team,
and we should all feel very proud of our accomplishments and our efforts,
and we wish you all the best and we hope that you enjoy your evening.
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