If all goes well, next week a team of well trained astronauts will be working to refurbish the first of the Great Observatories. Astronomers all across the world will be holding their breath in anticipation of the word that all is A-OK and a first glimpse of the first downloaded images. In Tuscaloosa, AL, a few of these astronomers and members of the public will be waiting with BBQ baited breath.
Dr. William Keel of the University of Alabama Department of Physics and Astronomy will be at the local Buffalo Wild Wings watching NASA TV on the big screens with colleagues and students. Together theyâ€šÃ„Ã´ll take in the EVAs and perhaps even raise a Wild Wing in salute of the astronauts achievements.
While this idea started in Tuscaloosa, there is no reason for it to end there. Many restaurants and bars have cable television packages that include NASA TV. Next week, grab a friend and grab a beverage and ask the guy behind the bar to tune the TV into the greastest high risk game of all: Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s Man versus the Machine as Mike Massimino and the STS-125 team of astronauts upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.
Find out more about STS-125 on the mission website and check out the NASA TV schedule here.
I’d love to do something like this, really, but I have kids in the house… I’ll be sure to watch on the internet, though! Oh yeah! I’m onto that like a duck on a June bug!
::Fingers crossed:: GO TEAM!