One of the best parts of a #NASATweetup is getting the chance to meet such great people from all around the country and the world. Usually around the tweetup, there are informal get togethers where tweeps just hang out and talk. These events range from breakfast at a local restaurant before the event to dinner and drinks at a local wine bar. Usually, the tweeps are joined by some of our NASA hosts, sometimes also NASA and contractor folks who are on twitter, but couldn’t join us for the tweetup.
The chance to sit down and have informal conversation with the people who make our space program happen. At the STS-132 JSC #NASATweetup, our after event was a truly amazing experience. We sat for hours on a porch on a hot Houston night and talked space with astronauts, flight controllers, trainers, public affairs folks, tweetup organizers, and our fellow tweeps. I learned firsthand that that the people who make our space program happen are space geeks just like me. We saw an ISS flyover and a HST flyover. It was wonderful!
I’ve loved the three tweetups that I’ve participated in because I’ve learned so much about our NASA, our manned space program, our unmanned space program, and many other things. I love meeting space tweeps because I learn about what drives people to love exploration. Hanging with space tweeps has made me realize what makes our nation great.
Hanging with space tweeps has also given me some great experiences that I never would have otherwise had. The day after the STS-135 JSC Tweetup, I visited Space Center Houston with @absolutspaceguy, @lynnvr, & @omaflinger. While there, we met Apollo 7 Astronaut Walt Cunningham, who was touring with his family. Col. Cunningham was kind enough to take a picture with us and to sign an Apollo 7 patch.
After that I enjoyed lunch with @lynnvr, & @omaflinger and saw a tweet by @waynehale saying he was on the JSC site signing copies of the book Wings In Orbit. I wasn’t able to get on Site, so I tweeted him and asked if it would be possible to meet him offsite. He was amenable, so we met at the Starbucks across the street from JSC.
We talked to a bit and he mentioned that a lot of NASA folks visit this Starbucks. He headed off to finish his day. Several minutes later, I noticed a man coming in to Starbucks who looked a lot like 4 time shuttle flyer and STS-125 commander Scott Altman. It was indeed him, and he was kind enough to sign my book and let us take a picture.
All in all, hanging with Space Tweeps is awesome!