Five years ago today, I flew to Florida to witness my first space launch, the liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-129. Aboard the Shuttle were NASA astronauts Charlie Hobaugh (“Scorch”), Butch Wilmore, Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow), Randy Bresnik, Michael Foreman (@foreman_mike), and Robert Satcher (@Astro_Bones). The trip, made possible by NASA’s tweetup program (which began in January 2009 and continues today under the name NASA Social), fulfilled my lifelong dream of witnessing a Shuttle launch with my own eyes. The experience also reignited my love of space exploration and human spaceflight, and made me want to actively nurture that interest in others. I will be forever grateful to NASA and the NASA Social program for the opportunities they have given me. [Read more…]
It’s my great honor to share my review of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, the first children’s book written by Reading Rainbow‘s LeVar Burton, and co-written by Susan Schaefer Bernardo, with illustrations by Courtenay Fletcher. This beautifully-illustrated 32-page hardcover book will be available for purchase beginning October 7, 2014. [Read more…]
The XPRIZE‘s mission is to make the impossible possible, as it did starting with the US$10,000,000 Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight awarded to Scaled Composites for SpaceShipOne in 2004. Since then, XPRIZE has continued to spur innovation in areas such as ultra-fuel efficient cars, oil-cleanup technology, as well as ways to return to the Moon, address ocean acidification, and revolutionize healthcare.
XPRIZE believes in tackling some of the world’s grandest challenges, and they have launched their newest XPRIZE challenge — [Read more…]