December 22, 2014

NASA’s First Launch Tweetup (STS-129) – 5 Year Anniversary

Some of the 100 Twitter users invited by NASA to attend the launch of STS-129 Space Shuttle Atlantis. Photo by Paul Thompson (@FlyingPhotog)

Five years ago today, I flew to Florida to witness my first space launch, the liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-129. Aboard the Shuttle were NASA astronauts Charlie Hobaugh ("Scorch"), Butch Wilmore, Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow), Randy Bresnik, Michael Foreman (@foreman_mike), and Robert Satcher (@Astro_Bones). The trip, made possible by NASA's tweetup program (which began in January 2009 and continues today under the name NASA Social), fulfilled my lifelong dream of … [Read more...]

NASATweetup – Paying it Forward

Father and Son: STS-1 (1981) and STS-135 (2011)

Over the course of NASA's 30-year Space Shuttle program, many millions of people from around the world witnessed a Shuttle launch live in Florida. Families and friends camped in public parks, people flocked to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Astronaut Hall of Fame, tourists joined established tours to the NASA Causeway, and native Floridians simply stepped outside or took their boats/other watercraft out on launch day. People even managed to view Shuttle launches from Florida's … [Read more...]

Resources for NASA Launch Tweetups

Members of the media and STS-132 Tweetup participants gather near the countdown clock to watch space shuttle Atlantis lift off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station at 2:20 p.m. EDT on May 14.

A fresh group of 150 NASA Tweetup participants is about to descend on the Space Coast for the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour is set to launch April 19 at 7:48 p.m. EDT. With just two Space Shuttle flights remaining, including STS-134, it is more important than ever that space advocates and NASA Tweetup participants share their unique experiences with the world. To help newly-minted NASA Tweetup participants, as well … [Read more...]

My NASA Tweetup “Year”

STS-129 NASA Tweetup attendees at the press site

It's New Year's Eve, a day many people reflect on the year that's drawing to a close. As I try to do that, however, I am transported to November 2009 as the starting point of my "year". Why? In November 2009, I achieved a lifelong dream of experiencing a Space Shuttle launch in person at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. I never thought I'd see the Space Shuttle stack with my own eyes, much less witness a launch from the press site just 3 miles away. So many things I never thought I would … [Read more...]