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I've won a spot for the STS-135 NASA Tweetup. I'm going to try to document the experience.

Lighten up, Frances

As of yesterday, I posted my last set of pictures from the Houston tweetup and announced the latest tweetup registration. Since this blog was originally only meant to document my trip to the final launch, and has now lasted past the landing … Continue reading

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You Can Do It Too.

I’ve always liked space, but my life kinda changed on June 10th when I got the notice I’d won the STS-135 Tweetup, only to be followed by winning a spot on the STS-135 Mission Tweetup. If you have been the … Continue reading

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Mock ups

Our final stop on the most amazing tour was the building housing most of the to-scale mockups for training on the ISS, shuttle, soyuz, Orion, and any number of other craft. The room was like the convention floor of a civic … Continue reading

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Mission Control: Mission Possible

Our next stop was the Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. Mission Control Center, or Building 30. It’s also know by its call sign: Houston. As in the first word spoken on the moon, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” … Continue reading

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Boy Oh Buoyancy

The Neutral Buoyancy Lab was our next stop. The huge pool is 40 feet deep and 200 feet long, with 6.2 million gallons of water. In the pool are mockups of the ISS and the shuttle payload bay. I presume … Continue reading

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Lunch

After the simulators, we broke for lunch at Building 3, the JSC cafeteria. By then, all 30 of the tweeters were power hungry, meaning we all needed to recharge our phones. The rest of the day, any time we paused in a … Continue reading

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NASA giving away Space-era Artifacts

Non-profit museums, colleges, and schools can request space shuttle tiles and other excess property from the NASA program at this website: GSAXcess. There is a multi-stepped process and frankly, I’m not sure exactly how to do it. But clearly you … Continue reading

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