NASA offered an eye full this week at it placed the nation’s future in space on display during President Obama’s Inaugural Parade in Washington D. C..
Here are some of the photos captured by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls:
Orion is in development to launch U. S. astronauts on missions to the asteroids and Mars as well as return them to the moon. Un-piloted test flights are planned for 2014 and 2017.. Astronauts will climb aboard for a 2021 test flight that may loop around the moon.
Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on Mars in August. The rover is the centerpiece of a two-year mission to determine if Mars was once suitable for microbial life.
Astronaut Leland Melvin, who doubles as NASA's associate administrator for education, makes an introduction during a NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math event prior to the Inauguration ceremonies.
Astronaut Kate Rubins greets a "future space explorer" at NASA's Star Party.
Bobak Ferdowsi, who gained fame as the Mohawk Guy at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, poses with his new hair style at an Inaugural event.