On November 16 and 18, I was lucky enough to attend the #NASAsocial for the launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft aboard an Atlas V Centaur rocket. The program put together by NASA was, as always, top notch. Before I get into details, here’s the money shot:

MAVEN launch

The MAVEN launch #NASAsocial was broken up into two days. Day 1 included tours of Kennedy Space Center, including the interior of  NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB, below), and presentations from NASA staff and scientists.

Inside the VAB.
Inside the VAB.
Exterior shot of the VAB.
Exterior shot of the VAB.

Day 2 started with a visit from Bob Cabana, director of Kennedy Space Center, and Charlie Bolden, Administrator of NASA. The day also included a peek into NASA’s research and development division called Swamp Works.

NASA's Charlie Bolden tries on Google Glass.
NASA’s Charlie Bolden tries on Google Glass.

As with every #NASAsocial experience, it was my fellow attendees that made it such an amazing time. I met so may wonderful people, many of whom become instant friends. I mean, how many people do you know who would voluntarily use their turn in front of the countdown clock to do a jump photo with you?

Photo courtesy of JR Hehnly
Photo courtesy of JR Hehnly
After all, the best part of #NASAsocials are the people.
After all, the best part of #NASAsocials are the people.

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