Launch America with CCSSC

Webcast from Saturday May 30

Hello Everyone! Thank you for your interest in our webcast of NASA’s Demo-2 launch featuring the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. We just got word from NASA that the launch has been scrubbed and will be rescheduled for a later date. However, our pre-launch conversations with our CCSSC alumni will still occur live at the scheduled time on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. ET, 27 May 2020. Also, we will still webcast the launch live on its new date, and we will re-air these alumni interviews prior to the actual launch. Watch our website and Facebook page for further details.

UPDATED: We hope you were able to join the Space Science Center team, WDAK’s Wes Carroll and panelists during our webcast in preparation for NASA’s Demo-2 launch featuring SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Wednesday May 27. During that webcast the launch was scrubbed and is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 30. The CCSSC team will be back on Saturday, along with some of the panelists, for a webcast watch party of NASA’s Livestream of the launch starting at 2 PM ET. They will be interacting with the audience and answering your questions.

For the first time in 9 years, America will launch NASA astronauts to space from American soil. NASA’s Demo-2 mission (DM-2) will be the first crewed test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, and it has been re-scheduled for launch from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A (launch site of Apollo 11) to the International Space Station on 30 May 2020.

In the event the launch is rescheduled again, the Space Science Center team plans to go live about 90 mins prior to launch time. Stay tuned to our Facebook page or this webcast page for updates. If you have any questions send an e-mail info@ccssc.org.

Join CCSSC’s Dr. Shawn Cruzen, Scott Norman, Mike Johnson and WDAK’s Wes Carroll for a very special pre-flight webcast and live coverage of the launch. The CCSSC webcast team will be joined by six space industry experts from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and the South Pole Telescope research team, all of whom are former CCSSC interns, including four alumni of the Earth & Space Sciences program at Columbus State University.

Want to get ready for the launch ahead of time? Read our article about this extraordinary event by CCSSC space historian, Scott Norman. Entitled “On the Wings of a Dragon,” this fast-paced piece will have you ready with all the background information you need to understand the significance of this important moment in American history

WEBCAST PANELISTS

Our very own experts
  • Cameron McCarty
    Cameron McCarty ISS Operations Controller
    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

    Cameron McCarty is a graduate of Columbus State University’s Earth & Space Sciences department with a degree in Astrophysics and Planetary Geology. He has an M.S. in Planetary Geology from the University of Tennessee where he investigated thermal properties of Martian soils. While a student, he served two internships at Marshall Space Flight Center where he monitored Comet ISON for NASA, and studied and modeled lunar soil samples. He also served as a member of the research team for the Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity. He is now an Operations Controller for the International Space Station at NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center.

    • Christian Cruzen
      Christian Cruzen Test Engineer
      Jacobs Engineering Group

      Christian Cruzen is a former student at Columbus State University, and student intern at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While a student, he worked in Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL) and performed research on drone coordination for the Naval Research Lab. He has served as a Flight Controller for the International Space Station at Johnson Space Center. He is now a test engineer at Jacobs Engineering Group working on designs for NASA’s next-generation portable life support systems (space suits), which one day will allow astronauts to walk on the surfaces of the Moon and Mars.

      • Cheryl Coker
        Cheryl Coker ISS Operations Controller
        NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

        Cheryl Coker is a graduate of Columbus State University’s Earth & Space Sciences department with a degree in Geology. She has an M.S. in Geology from Auburn University, where she mapped and studied possible sites of volcanos on Mars and found evidence for a possible supervolcano at Siloe Patera. She served as a Lead Geological Tech for EOG Resources, an energy company in Midland, TX. She is now an Operations Controller for the International Space Station at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

        • John Hood
          John Hood Ph.D. Candidate
          Vanderbilt University

          John Hood is a graduate of Columbus State University’s Earth & Space Sciences department with a degree in Astrophysics and Planetary Geology. He has an M.S. is physics from Vanderbilt/Fisk where he studied active galactic nuclei as part of the SMARTS blazar group research team based at Yale. He currently is a member of the South Pole Telescope research group at the University of Chicago, and recently traveled to the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station to perform work on the instruments there. He currently is completing requirements for his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.

          • Matthew Bartow
            Matthew Bartow ISS Operations Controller
            NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

            Matthew Bartow is a graduate of Columbus State University’s Earth & Space Sciences department with a degree in Astrophysics and Planetary Geology. He worked for a number of years as a fulltime science educator for CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC). During this time, he trained science teachers, led summer education programs, and taught astronomy and space science to tens-of-thousands of students each year. He served as the lead CCSSC educator for a NASA-funded engineering program called IMEET, teaching high school students about Mars exploration through robotics, drones and 3D printing. He now serves as an Operations Controller for the International Space Station at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

            • Zach Coker
              Zach Coker Life Sciences Glovebox Flight Controller
              NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

              Zach Coker is a former student at Columbus State University, and student intern at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. He is a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He specializes in museum-quality 2D and 3D representations of paleo animals, spacecraft, and other topics from the areas of science and engineering. He has worked as a professional educator in informal science education for many years. He served as the director of the Blakemore Planetarium at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX. He is now a Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Flight Controller for the International Space Station at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.