I was selected to be a member of the NASA Tweetup group April 18 and 19th to watch the Space Shuttle Launch of Endeavour!!!!
It all began with an account with Twitter. Our son, Mike, encouraged me to set up an account. Why, I am not exactly sure….Who even cares what I think. I don’t even know the lingo! What is a tweet? How do I post something? Who do I follow? What do I say? What is a DM? I just don’t understand! Who sees what I post? So much to know, so much to understand!
Don’t worry about it Mom, just do it! So I did. So forgive me Tweeps if I do something wrong. This is all trial and error! I am here to have some fun!
So I followed Mike, Jim and Emmy (my husband and daughter). I followed some celebrities. I used the suggested “Who to follow”. I tried searching for things that interested me. So that is where it began. Slow!
Then my son, Mike, was selected to be part of the Tweetup group to watch the last launch for the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Wow, what an honor! He was so excited! I was so proud of him. I followed his tweets and posts while he was there.
So the next time NASA was accepting applications for the next Space Shuttle Launch Tweetup, we all applied! No luck…well, we really did not expect to be selected anyway. Don’t they select NASA nuts, people who use Twitter all the time???
Once again, NASA sent out another post that it was time to apply again for another Launch. Oh well, it is worth a try. But really, out of thousands of applicants, why would I be one of the lucky ones?
I return from work one day and my husband said “Well, I received my email today and I was not selected for the launch.”
My response to him was, “Well, that is so sad for you but I feel lucky today!!!!” Since I do not check my personal email at work, I opened my email. At first glance I did not notice anything from NASA. But at closer inspection, I saw an email STS-134 NASA Tweetup CONFIRMATION!
I opened it and started reading:
Dear Carol Adams,
Congratulations, your registration has been selected to attend the NASA Tweetup at space shuttle Endeavour’s targeted launch April 18-19 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida! The event will provide you the opportunity to speak with shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts, and managers, and to experience the launch of space shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station.
After reading several times, I made Jim read it to make sure it was true! After screaming and jumping up and down, I called Mike. He was so excited for me. Of course, the first thing he did was send out a tweet! Boy, do I have a lot to learn!
I need to get up to speed on how to tweet correctly, how to post pictures, how to live tweet (which is apparently different than just tweeting), how to retweet. Also I need to get better at blogging. I need to learn more about the space program, Endeavour, NASA and a whole lot more. I need to make travel and lodging arrangements. I need to ask for time off of work…because this in not an option….I AM GOING!!!! Do I have the right stuff to record this wonderful, once in a lifetime experience!!!!
Someone pinch me…..I am going to be a guest of NASA to share my experience of the last Space Shuttle Launch of Endeavour!
PS. At this point, I think I have a total of maybe 40 followers on Twitter!