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:
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.
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.
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?
- MAVEN mission page
- #NASAsocial presentations
- Full photo set
- Twitter list of MAVEN #NASAsocial-ites
- Join the next #NASAsocial