Made the Other Shortlist: #NASAWaitUp
If you haven’t heard, there are only two space shuttle missions left (at least at the time of this blog post) with opens in a new windowEndeavour, STS-134, making its last launch on April 19, 2011.
Tickets for the event are at a premium and tickets for viewing the launch at the opens in a new windowKennedy Space Center sold out quickly. Potential Kennedy Space Center shuttle launch visitors had to register for a lottery and if selected, they could purchase tickets. KSC did this because demand was extremely high. I registered to purchase a viewing ticket but didn’t make the cut.
opens in a new windowGrayLine is still selling tickets but not sure how long they’ll last.
Last Monday (March 14), NASA opened registration for Twitterers who follow opens in a new windowNASA and related Twitter accounts to attend the opens in a new windowNASA Tweetup associated with the launch. According to the opens in a new windowNASA Tweetup Twitter account, more than 4,100 applied for the 150 vacant spots during the 24-hour registration period.
Yesterday, NASA distributed emails to those who were selected to attend the upcoming Tweetup and….I wasn’t selected. Boo!
However, my email indicated I’m on the wait list (Twitter hashtag opens in a new window#NASAWaitUp). I tweeted my disappointment and a previous NASA Tweetup attendee encouraged me not to give up hope. He was on a wait list for the launch he registered for but was moved off the wait list and onto the invite list.
So, I’m now being cautiously optimistic a few spaces will open up allowing me to participate.
I’ve requested the time off and secured a hotel for Sunday and Monday nights – will probably drive to Orlando Tuesday night. Now I’m waiting to be called up.
And if I’m not? Yeah, I’ll be disappointed but it doesn’t mean I can’t see a launch. It’ll just be difficult to see it. Somehow, I’ll find a way. Maybe I’ll organize a Tweetup for all the opens in a new window#NASAWaitUp folks who’ll also be in town. Hmm…Stay tuned!
For those not in the know, a Tweetup is a gathering of like-minded Twitter users.