NASA Tweetup for STS-129: Day 1

NASA Tweetup for STS-129: Day 1

It’s morning and none of us have had enough coffee, but the approximately 100 of us in a conference room in the Rocket part are wide awake. Jon Cowart, Ares 1X deputy mission director, is currently going from table to table asking us to identify mystery items in a run morning mixer. Earlier this morning (which at 8:18am is a scary concept), after checking in and getting badges and goody bags (and taking the goody bags back to the car), we all invaded a large conference room that NASA has tricked out in perfect fashion for a room full of New Media Addicts. Ahead of time they had sent us the SSID and password for the private network. They set up a power strip on each table (with more outlets than chairs per table!). On the screens, they’re displaying...

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STS-129 NASA Tweetup, Day 0

STS-129 NASA Tweetup, Day 0

A few weeks ago one of my students pointed out, OMG THE NASA TWEETUP PAGE WENT UP EARLY! While most of us in the room had alarms set off to go off at noon to register for this special event, it wasn’t yet noon, and in a rush of adrenaline and typing we went to the sign in page and used are various autocomplete software to fill out the sign up page as soon as possible. We were all chasing one thing: The chance to attend one of the last 6 scheduled space shuttle launches. Now, I have to admit, I signed up without checking the launch date, without checking the cost of going, without checking with my husband (my poor husband). I just registered on instinct. And now I’m here, sitting in a Holiday Inn, waiting to attend a special 2-day event NASA is hosting...

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NASA Town Hall Meeting

NASA Town Hall Meeting

It is with great hope that I blog this town hall meeting. Tonight the new EP/O Lead for NASA, Steph Stockman (geosteph on twitter), is presenting NASA Education and the new vision for NASA’s new future under Charles Bolden. As some of you know, for the past several years I have one conference after another blogged with a certain degree of bitterness the mistreatment of education and astronomy at the hands of Michael Griffin. I’ve reported name calling and budget slashing. I’ve even watched graduate students tell him “You’ve budget slashed my dreams into oblivion” to have him respond with more name calling. It has been ugly. But there is hope! Bolden respects teachers! (His parents I think were teachers.) And the new EP/O...

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