I got some great news this week: I’m headed back to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to take part in the social media coverage for the upcoming SpaceX CRS-3 launch on March 16. On board the Falcon 9 rocket is a Dragon spacecraft with supplies for the International Space Station. According to KSC, “this is the third NASA Commercial Resupply Services flight bringing supplies to the 15-year old station, including climbing legs for space station Crewmember Robonaut-2 (R2).”
The launch is also significant in that SpaceX will test new landing legs for the Falcon 9, with the goal of a softer touchdown in water.
As many of you know, this is my fourth NASA Social and I feel extremely lucky to say that. My first introduction to this world of social space geekery was the Endeavour launch in 2011. Since then, I’ve visited NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to learn about the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission in April 2013 and visited KSC again to see the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission launch in November 2013.