Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Behind-the-scenes peek at NASA a ‘phenomenal’ experience

"You'd think it would be one big sonic boom," adriana71 said of witnessing the space shuttle Atlantis launch from three miles away. "Instead, it almost feels like it travels across the ocean, and you feel the boom right in the middle of your chest."


How did she get to see a launch from that close? When NASA announced to their Twitter followers that they would be holding the first-ever "Tweetup" at Cape Canaveral, Florida, she made sure that she promptly signed up for it when the opportunity arose. After all, only 100 people would be allowed to attend this event, a chance for them to meet each other as well as representatives from NASA.


Soon, she was notified of her acceptance, and this past Sunday morning she reported to the Kennedy Space Center to meet with officials from NASA, who explained to the group everything that went into getting a shuttle into orbit.


Later that day, the group got a full tour, getting a sense of the history there, not to mention an up-close glimpse of  Atlantis one day before launch. "That was amazing because the only people who get to see it that close up are the VIPs," she said.


The next day, it was time for the big show. The 100 lucky NASA fans had their own "twent," three miles away from the shuttle, where the press usually reports on launches. adriana71 had seen a shuttle blast off before, but this one was really special. "When you're three miles away, it's just the brightest light ever," she said. "Just think of a million Roman candles lit up at once."


That experience alone made the event unforgettable, said adriana71. She felt really grateful to NASA's staff for hosting the Tweetup. "These guys were phenomenal."

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November 17, 2009
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What a dream to witness the launch. Growing up in NASA town (Houston) - always been one of my dreams. :)

 

Fun event!

November 18, 2009
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Yes I do agree with you...that really is something watching a live launch of shuttle. Well for now all I could do is make it a topic for my custom essay writing.
November 18, 2009
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Hi, Adriana! As a fellow NASA 'Tweetuper' (attended the one in DC in September) i am so jealous of you for being able to attend the launch Tweetup! I agree that NASA deserves a lot of credit for organiznig these events. They did an excellent job in DC and from what you report and the tweets i've read, this one was spectacular. Thanks so much for posting this story. Congrats on a job well done!

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Nice story on the space shuttle taking off. Too bad an iReporter could not ask a question to someone on board. That would be interesting. Have a great day!

 

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I wish that I can see it live lunching a shuttle like Adriana experienced. Its a rare opportunity to be there! See yea! rent a truck
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I'm sure a wormhole would look much cooler since you would see the shuttle vanish after it went into the wormhole.But i still think if NASA still doesn't want to use the technology we can make they must have a valid reason. Or they have the technology but just want to keep us waiting.If there are any questions on the wormholes follow this link to the wormhole i report and feel free to comment. I will personally answer as much as I can. Follow link...

 

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