In a weeks time I will be in possession of my Tweetup accreditation badges, will have probably have been around the Kennedy Space Center’s visitor complex and be looking forward to the days ahead.
But what will I be doing i hear you ask? Well the answer to that question dropped into my inbox a little while ago and since the whole idea of this adventure is that I share it with as many people as I can, here are the events you can look forward to tweets, pics, audioboos and blog posts from.
Thursday, April 28/L-1: Tweetup Day 1*
10:00 a.m. – Welcome by @NASA team members Stephanie Schierholz and John Yembrick
10:07 a.m. – Meet the tweeps
10:45 a.m. – Demo of Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) and Mark III spacesuits
11:00 a.m. – Lunch break
12:00 p.m.-1:40 p.m. — NASA TV starts for the formal #NASATweetup program, featuring:
- 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)
1:45 p.m. – Board tour buses
2:00 p.m. – 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.
8:15 p.m. – Return to the press site
Friday, April 29/ Launch: Tweetup Day 2
9:00 a.m. – Group picture beside the countdown clock
9:05 a.m. – Astronaut Ricky Arnold, STS-119 Discovery (March 15-28, 2009)
10:00 a.m. – Daire McCabe, designer at LEGO
10:30 a.m. – Lt. Col. Patrick Barrett, 45th Weather Squadron, U.S. Air Force
~11:57 a.m. – Astronauts depart their crew quarters for Launch Pad 39A
~12:10 p.m. – Tweetup participants (assembled along the road across from the Launch Control Center) wave to the crew as they drive by in the astrovan on their way to the launch pad
~2:15 p.m. – STS-134 Closeout Crew member (Endeavour’s hatch is closed and latched for launch at ~1:42 p.m. EDT)
3:47 p.m. – Launch of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-134 mission
~5:00 p.m. – Post-launch news conference on NASA TV
It’s a pretty packed schedule and i’m quite intrigued by the visit from the guy from LEGO (space and LEGO in one holiday?? it’s like i’m realising a childhood dream!)
In other tweetup news I’ll be making a brief appearance on BBC 1’s The One Show on Friday evening to plug the tweetup and with Obama now deciding to come to kennedy to watch the launch what do you think the chances of him sticking his head in the twent?? that would be pretty amazing!