Getting Social With NASA Changed My Life
Apr25

Getting Social With NASA Changed My Life

I’ll never forget my first time. The ground shook beneath my feet. A roar rumbled in my gut. Goosebumps tingled over my skin. I stood in awe watching rockets push away from the launchpad and skyrocket into the sky. The year was 2011 and I witnessed the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour and the second-to-last space shuttle launch before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ended the program.

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Psst! Did You Know NASA’s Still in the Space Business? I’m Heading to the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial
Sep17

Psst! Did You Know NASA’s Still in the Space Business? I’m Heading to the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial

Psst! Did you know NASA is still in the space business? Yup. Although the space shuttle program concluded in 2011, rockets are still launching and NASA is still exploring. In fact, the fourth SpaceX cargo mission (SpaceX CRS-4) to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. And guess what? I’ll be there as a participant in the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial!

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Encourage STEM and Watch Girls Achieve their Dreams
Aug16

Encourage STEM and Watch Girls Achieve their Dreams

During the wee hours of August 6, I was curled up on my sofa with CNN on my television and NASA TV on my iPad, waiting for Curiosity, the Mars rover, to land. More than eight months prior on November 26, 2011, I had the honor of participating in a NASA Tweetup (now NASA Social) to learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission then watch Curiosity launch atop a rocket. If Only I Had… NASA Tweetups taught me with...

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#NASATweetup: Lift Off One Year Ago
May16

#NASATweetup: Lift Off One Year Ago

One year ago today I saw and heard the most amazing thing for the first time in my life. Sadly, I will never see it again. As a member of a NASA Tweetup (now called NASA Social), I saw my first space shuttle launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Inside, I have a post waiting to be written to express my gratitude for being part of the NASA Tweetup/NASA Social community but for now, enjoy these previous posts I have written...

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#NASATweetup: NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System in 3-D
Dec08

#NASATweetup: NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System in 3-D

Totally Gnarly! Viewing Our Solar System in 3-D Hop an asteroid, get up close to a satellite and see the ENTIRE Solar System move in real time or see it move in four days per second with NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System. It’s a pretty cool 3-D look at the universe compiled with real NASA mission data. The program, compatible on most operating systems (Windows and Mac OS X are okay but sorry Linux users, you’re out of...

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Wordless Wednesday: #NASATweetup Lift Off to Mars
Dec07

Wordless Wednesday: #NASATweetup Lift Off to Mars

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. Yeah, it was THAT cool. Also read:...

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#NASATweetup: Rock Star will.i.am Partners with NASA, Has a S.Y.S.T.E.M. to Make Science and Technology Cool
Nov27

#NASATweetup: Rock Star will.i.am Partners with NASA, Has a S.Y.S.T.E.M. to Make Science and Technology Cool

We are great explorers, we are an exploring species. ~ Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator of NASA Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back but rock star will.i.am is making science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) rock-and-roll-cool with a S.Y.S.T.E.M., stimulating youth around science technology engineering mathematics. Coinciding with the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Science...

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#NASATweetup: First Day and Oozing with Mars Scientific Goodness
Nov25

#NASATweetup: First Day and Oozing with Mars Scientific Goodness

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...

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Turkey, Cranberries and a Mars Rover: Thanksgiving Week Activities at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida
Nov18

Turkey, Cranberries and a Mars Rover: Thanksgiving Week Activities at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida

Nov. 20, 2011 Update: The Mars rover launch has been pushed to Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Visit www.nasa.gov/msl for the  latest launch updates.  Thanksgiving is next week (!!!) and folks in Central Florida can immerse in space goodness thanks to the Mars Curiosity rover launch scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25 at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 from Kennedy Space Center. Special events and launch related activities will be taking place all...

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