STS-132 Atlantis Last Ride – PRE my departure post

Well there is a lot of esplainin’ to do Lucy.  I miss blogging, I hate my blog’s look, I don’t have time to figure out how to make it pretty and I can’t find someone to pay.  So there you have the answer to the  mystery of where I have been.

NOW here we go starting back out with a blog series just for this little trip to Florida.  Let me tell you how it began.  KLT mentioned that @nasa was doing a tweetup for the upcoming launch and that we should register, but they were only taking 150.  He said we’d leave it in God’s hands.  I saw the tweet from @nasa saying today is the last day and you have 30 minutes to register.  So I did what any good woman would do and registered us both.  GUESS WHAT?  I won.  Yeah the first round draft.  On the second round KLT won.  So now we are going to NASA to watch the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.

I am really excited to meet so many cool fellow tweeters that are going.  There are 2 ROCKET SCIENTIST who graduated from Purdue.  This will be amazing.

So here is what the schedule looks like


Tuesday, May 11

3 pm — Tammy departs work and accomplishes the following: get dogs to vet for boarding, pack final clothing and toiletries, pack coolers, pack food and items for inside car, pack car, clean up & straighten house, lock all doors and windows and water the plants as needed.

?  until ? – DRIVE towards Florida, the more miles we do tonight the better.

Wednesday, May 12

6 am — the overnight stay and head for KSC!!  With any luck we can get there in time to get our visitor pass.

Thursday, May 13/L-1: Day 1

8-9 a.m. — Registration at the Kennedy Space Center Press Accreditation Badging Building

9-10 a.m. — Travel to the press site, set up, meet fellow participants

10 a.m. — Welcome and introductions by @NASA team members John Yembrick and Stephanie Schierholz

10:10 a.m. — Robert D. Braun, NASA chief technologist, NASA Headquarters

10:30 a.m. Jon Cowart (@Rocky_Sci), Orbiter Engineering manager, Space Shuttle Program, KSC

10:50 a.m. — Stephanie Stilson, space shuttle Discovery processing director, Shuttle Processing Office, KSC

11:10 a.m. — Astronaut Janice Voss <PURDUE GRAD!!

11:30 p.m.-12:15 p.m. — Break for lunch

12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. — Demonstration of the Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES)

1:20 p.m. — Instructions for launch day, board buses

1:30-6:30 p.m. — Tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, including visits to the International Space Station Center and Apollo Saturn V Center. Your tour will drive by the Orbiter Processing Facility, Vehicle Assembly Building, Mobile Launcher Platforms and Crawler-Transporter. The last stop on the tour will be Launch Pad 39A to view retraction of the Rotating Service Structure, scheduled for 5:20 p.m. and space shuttle Atlantis. We will have a short break at the press site at about 4:30 p.m. If you need to leave, you may do so at that time. For the tour, you must wear long pants and closed, low-heeled shoes. Tank tops are not permitted<- This means we are going into an OPERATIONAL Facility!!!!

Friday, May 14/Launch: Day 2

9:30 a.m. — Arrive at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 Press Site.

10 a.m. — Group picture beside the countdown clock.

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Free time and visits from guest speakers, including

– Astronaut Dave Wolf <-PURDUE GRAD!!  I met him while working in Alumni Relations @ Purdue

– Lt. Col. Patrick Barrett, weather officer with the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron

– Chris Meinert, STS-132 Closeout Crew member

– Madi Sengupta (@msengupta), Space Station Robotics instructor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

– Amiko Kauderer, @NASA_Johnson team member leading STS-132 mission Tweetup

2:20 p.m.Launch of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-132 mission  <-Our view is from the press site!

~3:30 p.m. — Post-launch news conference on NASA TV

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