After his full retirement from NASA, Dr Ravi Margasahayam, supports NASA as a Docent, giving VIP tours and public lectures. He worked at NASA KSC for more than 28 years on the Space Shuttle and the ISS programs. He has supported over 100 rocket launches, sent 700 astronauts to space, and orchestrated 400 payloads to the ISS. Before joining NASA, he embarked on a decade long journey working in such diverse industries as railroads, mining, helicopters and commercial airplanes.
He received NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy award for exceptional engineering and safety on the space shuttle program. As a VIP tour guide and public speaker, he has provided technical and historic years of KSC to astronaut families, foreign ambassadors, government officials and international visitors. He was dubbed NASA's global goodwill space ambassador by Roy Bridges, astronaut and Center Director. He has traveled to more than 40 countries and 50 universities for invited lectures.
Dr. Ravi has authored more than 60 peer reviewed technical papers internationally and organized the International Congress on Sound and Vibration conference at NASA KSC in 2009 wherein 600 people attended.
His photograph standing on NASA's moon pad, Complex 39A, is permanently displayed in the museum built for Space Shuttle Atlantis at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.