STS-135 NASA Tweetup Itinerary

It’s going to be an exhilarating and busy few days. I’m currently sitting at Boston’s General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (KBOS) waiting to board my flight. I got on a bus in Portland, Maine this morning at 03:15.

The view at KBOS as I wait to board my plane

Wednesday, July 6/L-2: Tweetup Day -1
18:30 SpaceX (@SpaceXer) to see the Dragon Spacecraft that orbited Earth and hear about SpaceX’s plans to carry astronauts from former astronaut and SpaceX Commercial Crew Development manager Garret Reisman

Thursday, July 7/L-1: Tweetup Day 1
06:30 – 08:30 – Registration at the Kennedy Space Center Press Accreditation Badging Building; travel to the press site, set up, meet fellow participants
09:00 – Welcome by @NASA team member John Yembrick
09:05 – Meet the tweeps
10:00 – Break
10:30 – Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters (NASA TV starts)
10:50 – Elmo, Sesame Street (@SesameStreet) interacts with STS-109 and STS-125 Astronaut Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike)
11:10 – Massimino answers questions from the participants
11:30 – Tracy Thumm (@ISS_Research) and Justin Kuglerm (@ISS_NatLab), International Space Station Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
11:50 – Angie Brewer, space shuttle Atlantis’ flow director, Kennedy Space Center
12:15 – Lunch break
13:15 – Board buses for Launch Pad 39A to view the retraction of the Rotating Service Structure at 2 p.m.
15:15 – Tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, including visits to the Apollo Saturn V Center and the Vehicle Assembly Building and a drive by the Launch Control Center, Mobile Launch Platform and Orbiter Processing Facility.
18:00 – Return to the press site

Friday, July 8/ Launch: Tweetup Day 2
05:00 – Arrive
06:30 – Robotic Refueling Mission demonstration
07:00 – Group picture beside the countdown clock
07:05 – Astronaut Tony Antonelli, STS-119, STS-132
~07:36 – STS-135 astronauts depart their crew quarters for Launch Pad 39A
~07:40 – Tweetup participants wave to the crew as they drive by in the astrovan on their way to the launch pad
08:00 – Bob Crippen, STS-1, STS-7, STS-41C, STS-41G < ~ Just a wee bit excited for this one.
08:30 – Lt. Col. Patrick Barrett, 45th Weather Squadron, U.S. Air Force
~09:21 – Atlantis’ hatch is closed and latched for launch
11:26 – Launch of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-135 mission
~12:30 – Post-launch news conference on NASA TV

2 Comment

  1. Nice photo! Do you think you’ll get a chance to meet Elmo?

  2. Jim Griggs says: Reply

    Cool. Want to follow this!

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