You’ve probably figured out by now I have a slight space exploration addiction. I was there for the final space shuttle Atlantis launch last July and thanks to Eileen Ludwig of Freelance Tourist, I saw Atlantis make its final landing. Friday, Nov. 2, space shuttle Atlantis made one last journey to its final home at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and I was there to wish her well.Read More
“What are the must-see highlights at Kennedy Space Center?” my brother recently asked. We visited KSC as kids and now 30-plus years later he was planning a visit with his family this summer.
Although not intentional, their visit coincided with the Kennedy Space Center’s 50th anniversary (happening now!) and access to view space shuttle Atlantis during the Vehicle Assembly Building Tour, a KSC Up Close Tour.
My nephew will be a freshman in high school this year, my niece is a tween and both my brother and sister-in-law are engineers so the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida, was a perfect vacation activity for a family who appreciates science and learning. In fact, they had something in common with an astronaut the day they visited. They work for the company that manufactured space shuttle windows and the astronaut thanked them for making nice windows with a view.Read More
Ever look up into the dark sky and see a white light ease its way across the galaxy? Chances are, you just saw the International Space Station (ISS).
Humans first started occupying the ISS in 2000 and since then, it’s been visited by 202 individuals. During NASA Tweetup last April, Astronaut Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow) who logged 565 hours in space with two spaces flights to the ISS compared being on it a Benetton commercial because of the international diversity. (Melvin is now NASA Associate Administrator for Education.)Read More
More posts about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) NASA Tweetup (Nov. 25 & 26, 2011) will follow soon but in the meantime, enjoy these snapshots. Additional photos can be found on my Flickr account.
Oh, and don’t ya just love this retro photo of me and my siblings at the Kennedy Space Center from 1981? Pretty awesome and yet, 30 years later, NASA still excites me, maybe even more.Read More
Science is cool. No, wait. Science is ULTRA cool and nothing brings out the geek in me more than soaking up the wisdom of scientists and being surrounded by like-minded people. This weekend I’m attending #NASATweetup at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Yeah, it’s days like these when I wonder why I’m not utilizing my earth science degree…
Mars Science Laboratory Will Reach Destination in Nine Months
This post will be short as I have a 4:30 a.m. wake up call [note: okay, post ended up being a bit longer!] but simply put, NASA wowed 149 Twitter users and me today with its parade of scientists and engineers who shared their excitement over Saturday’s scheduled launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying MSL, also known as the Curiosity rover. Not only is the launch exciting but so are the planned activities once the 2,000-pound rover (yeah, that’s as big as a small car, or as Doug McCuistion, director, Mars Exploration program called it, “monster truck of Mars”) reaches the Gale crater on Mars in August 2012.Read More