I’m so excited! I’m about to have a lifelong dream come true. A few days ago, I learned that I was one of 150 Tweeters selected to attend a two-day tweetup organized by NASA. We'll be at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral for the launch of the Shuttle Atlantis on May 14.
I’ve long dreamed of watching our astronauts go off into space from closeby. As a kid, I was glued to the television for Apollo missions, praying for the safe return of our brave travelers and cheering loudly when they splashed down in the Pacific. Same for the shuttle flights, but now I follow them on the news, on the Internet and even through their tweets. (Yes, astronauts tweet. Check this list.)
So in the age of Twitter, NASA is hosting the Ultimate Tweetup. It’s the second time that @NASA has offered Twitter followers this special opportunity.
We’ll view the shuttle launch from the media location, and speak with shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts and managers. Since I’m a communications person, I also look forward to meeting the staff behind the tweets and media relations at @NASA.
If this sounds like an incredible adventure, I assure you it will be. I feel like I'll be walking in step with the crew from the Space shuttle Atlantis, which is targeted to launch at 2:19 p.m. EDT, May 14 on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station.
If you're interested in going, I suggest you look into hotels in Orlando, Vero Beach or Melbourne very soon. (All three communities are within a 50 to 90 minute drive.) You don't even need tickets, which sell out very quickly. Lauren Tjaden wrote this story about selecting one of these five nearby beaches for viewing a shuttle launch.
Until May 14, I’ll be boning up on my space tech info with these interesting blogs written by the NASA team members. And to think that Twitter is the instrument making my dream come true!
Note: Even if you’re not on Twitter yet, you can follow NASA here http://twitter.com/nasa. They frequently link to outstanding photographs from space, and comprehensive information about ongoing NASA activities. You can follow my tweets by clicking on the link on my page. I'm @HiddenFlorida.