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I've Always Had A Thing For Space

by John Ondrasik
Guest Bloggernaut

I’ve always had a thing for space.

As a kid, I had the rare privilege of playing Star Trek on the main frame at NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) in Pasadena, California. Dad was an astrophysicist working on Mariner and Viking. In the days of computer punch cards, firing phasers could take 15 minutes.

My claim to fame was discovering volcanoes on Saturn’s moon, Titan. “Those can’t be volcanoes,” Dad and his colleagues said. Turns out they were “methane volcanoes.” (Yo…Nobel committee???)

At ten, our family flew to Cape Canaveral for the launch of Viking II. I had a fever of 103, but the explosive ecstasy of that rocket lifting off the pad chills me still.

So you can see why joining Ron Garan and Fragile Oasis, as an honorary crew member is a blast!

As a singer-songwriter I’m always on the look out for inspiration. In this space, I’ll blog a bit about music, songwriting, and making a difference for our planet.

My charity website asks that simple question, "What kind of world do you want?" I look forward to continuing that conversation with our Astronauts. I imagine with their view, 220 miles above this Earth, they have a unique perspective.

About John

Inaugural Crewmember/Guest Bloggernaut John Ondrasik is a singer/songwriter who records under the band name Five For Fighting. Among his biggest hits are “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” “100 Years” and “World.”