I was recently contacted by someone looking to find some volunteer judges for the Nano-Sat Launch Challenge, which is being run by Space Florida. One or more judges will be assigned to oversee rules compliance for each competing team. Approximately 10 volunteers are needed, and they will be reimbursed for expenses, including travel, but that’s all. To qualify, a volunteer should have some aerospace knowledge or experience and should be able to read and interpret the challenge rules. Exact timeframes are based on when each team decides to launch. If you are unable to travel to the launch site when the time comes, another judge from the pool will be assigned, so there is flexibility. If you are interested, tweet at @flyingjenny to let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the volunteer coordinator.
If you are in the New York City area, you have a chance to join author John Logsdon as he traces the factors leading to President John F. Kennedy’s decision to send astronauts to the Moon and discusses Kennedy’s concerns as the massive effort unfolded. The program, hosted by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson, will conclude with a signing of Logsdon’s book, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon.
The program ”John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon with John Logsdon” will be held at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium on March 5th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and $13.50 for members, students, or seniors. Click here to purchase tickets or to get more information.
Thanks to Ellen Evaristo of the American Museum of Natural History for the information.
UPDATE: Several long-time spacetweeps were selected for this tweetup and will be attending. Look for tweets from me (@flyingjenny), @CraftLass, @travelholic, @amoroso, @marcozambi, @SpaceKate, @DrLucyRogers, @rocketman528, @akanel and more- follow the hashtag #spacetweetup and follow along with our #endlessBBQtour as we travel through Europe.
The DLR German Aerospace Center and the European Space Agency are hosting a #spacetweetup on September 18th in Cologne, Germany. From the tweetup announcement:
“German Aerospace Day takes place every two years at the Cologne/Porz establishment shared by DLR, ESA’s European Astronaut Centre and partners Cologne Bonn Airport and the German Air Force.
For the first time, this year’s event will feature a variety of attractions with exclusive access for DLR and ESA Twitter followers.
The Space Tweetup will provide customised access, insights and opportunities, including:
- Welcome by DLR and ESA Social Media Managers, Marco Trovatello and Fulvio Drigani
- Keynote by NASA Social Media Manager Stephanie Schierholz
- Chance to meet Thomas Reiter ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations and ESA astronaut, and other European astronauts
- Q&A with SOFIA project managers/scientists
- Various indoor and outdoor tours including:
- Tour of ESA’s European Astronaut Centre
- SOFIA, the NASA–DLR flying observatory using a heavily modified Boeing 747 SP
- Airbus A380, provided exclusively by Airbus for German Aerospace Day
- A300 Zero-G used by DLR and ESA for parabolic flight campaigns
- Tour of DLR research institutes and facilities
- Q&As with DLR/ESA scientists and project managers
- Opportunities to meet the DLR and ESA social media teams, as well as fellow European spacetweeps“
I’d like to thank our friends at Lands’ End for the wonderful post they published about the Space Tweep Society. Lands’ End has been working with us for nearly two years to make our logo available to Tweeps around the globe on a variety of items including shirts, hats, jackets, and more. They even sponsored our 1st anniversary celebration last May by providing embroidered items that we gave away as prizes.
If you’d like to order clothing from them with our embroidered logos, click on the link that says “shop” in our main menu bar to get to our Lands’ End store. You can read the rest of their post here.
You’ve probably noticed the Space Tweep Society has a brand new website. What you may not have realized is the biggest improvement of all. With our new system of logging in with Twitter, any tweep who has something to say about space (you) can write a post here, and submit it for moderation. You can even cross post from your own blog and include a link back to the original. This is a great way to get your posts in front of a larger audience.
At this historic time- the end of the space shuttle era- we’re especially interested in hearing what you have to say. So please, log in with Twitter and share your thoughts with us. We encourage you to include an image or more if you like. The society is a diverse group of people, and we’re interested in hearing about a large variety of space and astronomy related topics. For instance, you could write about the end of the shuttle program, or about the new beginnings in commercial space. You could post about heliophysics, astrophotography, or the upcoming @NASAJuno Tweetup. You could even write about space inspired art or music, space history, space memorabilia, or any other space-related topic that inspires you to write. The choice is yours.
Can’t wait to read your posts!
Note: Please read over our very basic posting rules if you’ve haven’t authored posts here before.
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at the American Museum of Natural History – follow MESSENGER Spacecraft as it begins to orbit Mercury
MESSENGER Orbital Insertion of the Innermost Planet, Mercury
After flying nearly 5 billion miles over 6 years from Earth, the MESSENEGER spacecraft is scheduled to begin orbiting Mercury on March 17, becoming the first spacecraft to do so if successful. To date, MESSENGER’s three flybys of the innermost planet have yielded invaluable insights about Mercury, the smallest, densest, and least explored of the terrestrial planets.
The event will feature a live feed from MESSENGER operations center at Johns Hopkins University with Sean Solomon, director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution and principal investigator of the MESSENGER mission, and Museum scientists, who will discuss the mission, including the importance of understanding Mercury’s high-density composition. The Museum’s Digital Universe Atlas will be used to illustrate the path that MESSENGER traveled before entering Mercury’s orbit on the AstroBulletin screen.
The fate of the spacecraft—which will begin its rocket burn at 8:50 pm—won’t be known until after 10 pm.
WHEN: Thursday, March 17, from 8:30 to 10:15 pm Wine and beer will be available for purchase from the Starlight Café.
WHERE: Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, Fredrick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. Enter at 81st Street.
Thank you to Ellen Evaristo of the American Museum of Natural History for the tip!
If you know me, you know I love finding ways to combine space with the arts. So when @tactfulcacti contacted me about their recently completed short film, I thought it would be fun to share. Hope you enjoy it!
New York City area tweeps, ever wonder what astronomers study with the Hubble Space Telescope? In this program, Jackie Faherty will explore some of Hubble’s most exciting results through the 3D datasets available in the Hayden Planetarium’s Digital Universe, the world’s most complete atlas of the cosmos.
Insights from the Hubble Telescope with Jackie Faherty
Tuesday, February 22, 6:30 pm
Hayden Planetarium, Space Theater
$15 Adults, ($13.50 Members, students, senior citizens)