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.
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