On my Way to #NASATweetup – The Schedule

Apr 26, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Space  //  No Comments
Skilt: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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OutToLaunchDoorYes, it’s time for me to start heading to Orlando, FL, then over to Cocoa Beach to pick up the keys to the condo where 3 wonderfully smart ladies and I will be staying as part of the NASA Tweetup.   It seems like I waited forever for this time to arrive.  I put the sign, courtesy of Carson Skinner (blog | Twitter) there on my office door to let Rob and Other Rob (my assistant) know that I was away.  Just in case they didn’t remember.

Right now the launch is scheduled for Friday, 29 April at 15:47.  I’m leaving tomorrow to ensure that I have sufficient padding in my schedule to give the airlines plenty of time to get me there for Wednesday.  One of the great things about working remotely is that I can work from anywhere, at least for short periods of time.

On Wednesday, I’ll stop by the Kennedy Space Center to pick up my information packet and to get my NASA Tweetup Badge.  My housemates will be arriving on Wednesday throughout the day.  Have I told you that I have an amazing group of women to share this experience with?  Sue (Texas)  works in the space industry, Liz (Minnesota) is a science blogger, TV personality and mom and Sheilah (Ontario) is a children’s librarian.  Up until a few weeks ago we’d never met and now we are rooming together and heading off to share a once in a life time experience watching the last flight of the Endeavour space shuttle.

Thursday we will make our way to the Kennedy Space Center for the first day of tours and information.  In the morning we’ll get to meet NASA Team members Stephanie Shierholz and John Yembrick who make all this Tweetup magic happen.  Next we will get a demonstration of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) and Mark III spacesuits, then lunch in the NASA cafeteria.

Around noon NASA TV will start for the official part of the program:

· Dana M. Hutcherson, space shuttle Endeavour’s flow director, , Kennedy Space Center

· Tara Ruttley, International Space Station associate program scientist, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, @ISS_research

· Astronaut Clay Anderson, @Astro_Clay, Expedition 15 flight engineer, STS-131 mission specialist, shuttle Discovery (April 5-20, 2010)

After that, we’ll board a bus for a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, including visits to the Apollo Saturn V Center, a drive by the Shuttle Landing Facility, Mate-Demate Device, Orbiter Processing Facility, Vehicle Assembly Building and Mobile Launcher Platforms, and viewing of the retraction of the Rotating Service Structure, scheduled for 7 p.m.

I think that sounds like a wonderful day.  More posts about Friday, the main event (I’m hoping).

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