Over the course of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle program, many millions of people from around the world witnessed a Shuttle launch live in Florida. Families and friends camped in public parks, people flocked to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Astronaut Hall of Fame, tourists joined established tours to the NASA Causeway, and native Floridians simply stepped outside or took their boats/other watercraft out on launch day. People even managed to view Shuttle launches from Florida’s marvelous beaches, Disney World in Orlando, cruise ships in Port Canaveral, or even the occasional commercial airline flight! Of course, members of the world’s press corps, dignitaries, and other special guests experienced Shuttle launches from much closer, the closest being Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39 press site located just 3.1 miles from the Shuttle launch pad(s). [Read more…]
*2017 Note: This needs to be updated somewhat. It’s in the works. Suggestions are welcome!
The tweet that inspired this blog post happened to deal with one of NASA’s Space Shuttle launch tweetups, in this case the one held for the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134):
Are you heading to a day-long or multi-day event where you anticipate using social media to document and share the experience with friends, family and followers? Perhaps you have been selected to attend a formal tweetup / social media event, such as an upcoming NASA Social, Space Camp Tweetup, NASM Pilot Day Tweetup, or similar? Whatever the situation, you’ll want to arrive prepared, and the best way to do that is to develop a gear list. This is my attempt at providing a definitive tweetup attendee gear list that you can whittle down, as needed, to suit your situation. [Read more…]
When you look up at the night sky, you can see stars, planets and, occasionally, the reflected glint off the International Space Station (ISS) or another satellite as it passes over your location. What you can’t see are the tens of millions of particles of space debris in orbit, including most of the nearly 16,000 objects which are 10 centimeters in diameter (baseball size) or larger. [Read more…]