Three years since STS-133

Posted by on February 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Three years ago today, I saw something magnificent, something awe-inspiring, something powerful, something scary, something that made me shake (in more ways than one), something historical, and something I’d waited 115 days for. Space Shuttle Discovery launched from pad 39A, Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, for the very last time. It was an emotional experience, […]

ATV3 Docking and the ATVTweetUp

Posted by on April 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

In a fantastic trip for my SpaceNomad alter-ego, I was part of the lucky group invited by ESA and CNES (the French space agency) to join them for the #ATVTweetUp in Toulouse. After sunset, a deliciously French meal and making the acquaintance of some new space tweeps – including one from Poland! – we were […]

A Charlie Bolden "Wow" Moment

Posted by on August 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

This afternoon something very strange happened. I received a tweet from @katrobinson that said “@SpaceKate Administrator Bolden is talking about you! #NASATweetup”. My instant response? “ARE YOU SERIOUS?” Apparently she was, as this tweet was rapidly followed by several others from people who were also at the Juno TweetUp. Whoah! The Head. Of NASA. Was talking. About ME! […]

My first shuttle launch – there are no words

Posted by on March 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

  Yesterday I watched shuttle Discovery land for the final time, and I realised that I’ve not yet posted a piece here about the launch. I wrote a piece for the National Geographic Assignment Blog, but it wasn’t all that easy to do. How could I find words to explain launch day? I’m still struggling if […]