Posts: 27815 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 03-01-2013 09:04 PM
Astronaut Ron Garan (STS-124, Soyuz TMA-21, ISS 27/28) has announced on his blog he is going "on loan" to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), effective today (March 1). While there, he will help apply space technology to the challenges facing the developing world.
NASA and USAID already collaborate on significant programs to apply scientific and technological solutions to challenges facing millions around the world. My role will be to help USAID establish a broad applied research program and to act as program manager for USAID's participation in the Unity Node project.
The Applied Research Program seeks to find innovative ways to advance technology development and to apply new technologies to development challenges. The Unity Node project seeks to build a universal open source collaborative platform that humanitarian organizations around the world can use to work together toward their common goals.
As part of his post, Garan shared a video of what could be his last flight in a T-38 jet for a while.