#NASATweetup: Space Traffic Jam Causes Delay

Attempt to See STS-121 Mission in 2006, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Attempt to See STS-121 Mission in 2006, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Space needs a good meeting planner. I received word today the last launch of space shuttle Endeavour has been pushed back by 10 days from April 19 to April 29, 2011. This means the NASA Tweetup I’m attending is pushed back to April 28 & 29.

So why is the launch delayed? No, not because of the wicked storms that passed through Florida last week and caused minor damage.

It’s because of a scheduling conflict at the International Space Station! On April 27 the Russians will be sending a Progress supply ship to the ISS and since it contains perishable items and controlled remotely, Endeavour’s trip is delayed. Apparently, NASA has a rule about U.S. spacecraft being parked at the ISS alongside remotely controlled spacecraft.

No worries. I’m able to take the time off and adjusted my travel plans accordingly. Of course, even the April 29 date isn’t guaranteed. As I’ve learned before, a launch date and time isn’t guaranteed until it happens.

On a side note, does April 29, 2011, ring significant? It’s the date of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton! Hopefully I’ll see a little bit of it, after all, I remember waking up at o’dark-thirty when Prince Charles and Lady Di were married.

And no one has even whispered what would happen to the NASA Tweetup if the federal government shuts down…



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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