There are 3 things I know about NASA

1. I’ve always loved the logo
2. They go to space
3. My bucket list includes the desire to watch a rocket take off from the roof of an RV parked in the parking lot of Cape Canaveral.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has invited little ole’ me to live out a dream.

Kennedy Space CenterI’m going on a road trip to see the next launch of a commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station, targeted for Tuesday, March 22, at approximately 11 p.m. EDT.

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. The spacecraft will carry crew supplies and hardware to the orbital laboratory to support the Expedition 47 and 48 crews.

 

This launch is the fifth contracted mission by Orbital ATK under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract and will be followed later this year by an Orbital ATK resupply mission launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

I’ll have the opportunity to tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center for two days, and meet and interact with engineers, technicians and other team members from Kennedy, view and take photographs of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on the launch pad, meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media, meet members of NASA’s social media teams, and hopefully view the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft.  

For launch countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk

Lucky me a week ago my friend Eric sent me a text with this link , I figured it was a home decor item or someone falling down the stairs but it was even better. I immediately applied and never thought I’d be chosen. I didn’t even look at the dates or anything just thought… cool I want to do this and filled out the form. To my surprise when I checked my email last night there was this from NASA;

Dear Jen, nasalogo_twitter_400x400

Congratulations! Your social media credential application has been approved to attend the media events and launch of the Orbital ATK OA-6 cargo resupply flight to the International Space Stationat NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is targeted for approximately 11:05 p.m. EDT on March 22.

The events will begin March 21 and span through March 22. Registration location and time will be communicated to you once you have applied for credentials in the online system.  During the two days, you will be provided with the opportunity to tour NASA facilities at Kennedy, meet and interact with engineers, technicians and other team members from Kennedy, view and take photographs of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on the launch pad, meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media, meet members of NASA’s social media teams, and hopefully view the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft.  

Please read this entire e-mail carefully for instructions on securing your spot and planning your attendance. To complete your registration, you must:

I’m going on a trip to see a rocket ship ?

Yesterday I learned that currently the US doesn’t have any astronauts in space but…

U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia in 2017.

Needless to say, NASA marketing is gearing up to start promoting some serious events in the coming year and I’m proud to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking new chapter in U.S. history.

I’ve been lucky enough to hear the chatter through a few geeky friends about SpaceX (that little company owned by Elon Musk). Last year on my trip on Startup Bus my fellow Busprenuers introduced me to amazing people who participate in hackathons and cool things like this and this.

So now, in all my geekdom I’m off on a fun Space adventure of my own.
More updates to come.

If you’ve been to Kennedy Space Center I’d love to hear about it. Tweet me @jenlew

 ? I’m going on a trip to see a rocket ship fly through the sky.