Last week, I was thrilled to get an invitation to another #NASAsocial/ #NASAtweetup*. This time I’m headed to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Sixty (60) of NASA’s social media followers will meet on April 12 at Goddard to learn about the missions and partnerships between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

According to the event description, attendees will experience a “discussion of the science and engineering involved in the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), an international mission to be launched by NASA and JAXA on a H-IIA Japanese-owned rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan in 2014. GPM will provide three-dimensional views of hurricanes and typhoons and set new standards for precipitation measurements worldwide using an international network of satellites united by the GPM Core Observatory, a satellite built by NASA and JAXA. The satellite is currently being tested at Goddard.”

We’ll also be able to tour the world’s largest clean room as well as see the “Chamber of Horrors” where “satellites are tested to withstand the rigors of spaceflight and view the GPM Core satellite as it’s being tested.” To say that I’m excited for this event is a major understatement. I can’t wait to meet my fellow attendees from across the country.

This social media event will be my second with NASA. In 2011, I attended a #NASAtweetup for the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, piloted by Captain Mark Kelly. The Endeavour launch is something that I still talk about to this day. I was able to meet celebrities like Levar Burton (who totally startled me by putting his hand on my shoulder) and Seth Green, and stand next to astronauts like Leland “Astro Flow” Melvin. Being able to experience the Endeavour launch as a guest of NASA was amazing, and I’ve made some great #spacetweep friends because of it.

More recently, I attended a tweetup at The White House where we spent the day touring the gardens, seeing things like the White House putting green, and meeting White House staffers. Earlier this year, I also attended a tweetup with Raytheon which included some great seats at a Patriots game.

So I can’t wait to see what this next social media event will bring. I’ll be posting here on April 12 with details from the event. You can also follow me on Twitter @TenPixels and on Instagram for live posts from the event.

Blast from the past: I witnessed Endeavour's last launch in 2011 from NASA's press area, three miles from the launchpad.
Blast from the past: I witnessed Endeavour’s last launch in 2011 from NASA’s press area, three miles from the launchpad.

*NASA’s social media events were called #NASAtweetups until the name was changed to #NASAsocials to be more inclusive of the many channel of social media.