|July 8, 2011||Posted by Katy under #SCTweetup, Blogger Meet-up, Blogging Community, Travels, Tweetup|
“I have learned to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution.” - Wernher von Braun
Wow! My goodness! I have no idea how or where to even begin with recapping and reflecting on these past two days! They were nothing short of AMAZING!
As a child growing up in Florida, I always wanted to go to a shuttle launch. My most prominent memory of the NASA Shuttle Program was in October 1998 when John Glen returned to space and made history by becoming the oldest person to go to space. I was in the third grade and it was a picture perfect day without a cloud in the sky. My class stopped our lesson for the day and watched the launch on television. Right after liftoff, we all RAN outside and my entire class and I were able to actually SEE the shuttle in the Florida sky. My hometown is close to 200 miles away from Cape Canaveral, but on a clear day like it was that day, we were able to see the shuttle. It was truly a moment that I will NEVER forget.
That distinct memory, along with numerous trips to the Kennedy Space Center, fueled my love for space travel.
Today, history was made with one final space shuttle launch. One final time to celebrate the accomplishments of this amazing program. One final time to see such an amazing sight. One final time to “light this candle” on this program.
The past two days allowed myself and 13 other “tweeters” to experience US Space Camp first hand and to learn more about the history and FUTURE of space travel. Space Camp Tweetup was an experience that I will NEVER forget. We went on exclusive tours, had dinner with astronaut Don Thomas, participated in a simulated shuttle launch, and watched the STS-135 Atlantis take off with hundreds of Space Camp campers. From all of these events, to all of the new friends I met, and to finding out that my friend actually WORKS as a counselor at Space Camp (yes, it was very weird and a complete surprise!), it was amazing.
This post is picture heavy, but hopefully the captions will help give you an idea of what a truly “out of this world opportunity” this really was.
Again, this experience was amazing and I am so grateful for the opportunity. Not only did I make new friends, but my interest in social media was even more “sparked” by this TweetUp. I encourage EVERYONE to apply for any TweetUp if the opportunity presents itself. It is an experience that you can’t truly understand 100% until you experience it for yourself.
I have to thank US Space Camp and all of the people who organized this TweetUp opportunity. Thank you for selecting me and it was an honor to attend. I am forever grateful and hope to take my increased interest in social media and networking to further heights!
Being at Space Camp over the past few days has also made me more interested in the future of space travel. I was completely inspired and in awe of the passion of the campers and staff members that I met. I am even looking into applying to be a camp counselor next summer!
Thank you again US Space Camp for this opportunity and God Speed!
Did you watch the final space launch? Have you ever attended a social media/ social networking event?
P.S- If you have any questions or want to know more about my #SCTweetup experience, please feel free to contact me. We did so much over the past two days that it was impossible to recap it all!