Art, Creativity, Photographs, Photography, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday | 09-24-14

sky

Normally I’m a “good girl” and don’t post any words with my “Wordless Wednesday” images, but this time, I have to break the rules! (After all, rules are MEANT to be broken, right?) This image I took late Wednesday evening (09/17/14) after I had arrived in Titusville, Florida, for my #NASASocial event. This beautiful sunset provided a good omen for the next three days. Except for the scrubbed launch! I still kick myself for leaving!

Oh well, such is the nature of launching vehicles into space.

NASASocial, Photographs, Photography, Social Media, Space

Space Chronicles: 3-D Printing in Space

During my visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as a social media representative (aka “socialite”), I learned so much information that my brain felt like it would burst! (Well, no wonder, I was just coming from my software release, where I spent way too many hours in front of my laptop, so technically, my brain was already mush.) But I had the best time of my life, this was an experience in the top three! I was certainly in my element, around a bunch of space junkies, communication geeks, photographers, designers, and writers, my kind of peeps.

We all got to participate in NASA TV broadcasts, where the engineers, scientists, program managers, directors, etc. talked about the various research experiments that would take place on the International Space Station once SpaceX’s Dragon was attached. Out of all the experiments, the 3-D printing caught my attention the most. (This is what has saved my hubby from setting up his 3-D printer on our dining room table, btw.) The ability to print parts in space on demand is just mind blowing! Even though 3-D printing has been tested on the “Vomit Comet” it needs to be tested in micro-gravity, which is ideal at the ISS, right? NASA partnered with a company, Made In Space, to build this particular 3-D printer. All of the little white pieces you see in the photos were parts printed with this printer. Just imagine, if we had this capability during the Apollo 13 spaceflight, what the astronauts could have made to resolve their issues! In the first photo, Niki Werkheiser, NASA’s 3D Printing in Zero-G Project Manager, gets ready for her talk with media and social media on NASA TV.

Art, Creativity, Photographs, Photography

The VAB in Black and White

As part of the #NASASocial media group, we had a rare opportunity to see the inside of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center. There was so much to see, so much detail, that I thought the b/w images suited the subject well.

Art, Astrophotography, Creativity, Photographs, Photography, Space

Going to a Rocket Launch!

A few weeks ago, I applied for a spot in the #NASASocial group for the upcoming rocket launch. This group of 50 space junkies, like the media, will go to places that ordinary visitors to Kennedy Space Center usually don’t see. The NASA Social is an effort to spread information about the SpaceX program through social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and even WordPress. I received an email stating that I had not been selected, but was on the wait list. Imagine my delighted surprise when last night I received another email telling me I was off the wait list and got the spot! I am a total space junkie, and an avid photographer, especially of launches. My husband and I have gone to many shuttle launches, and our son, Ian, has gone to a few, too. We’ve all experienced the letdown of a scrubbed launch (particularly the last night shuttle launch), and trudged through the parking lot, exhausted. Insert sad face here 😦

But, we’ve also experienced the utter thrill and sensations of shuttle launches, with the ground rumbling under your feet, and the sound that suddenly strikes, BOOM! You can feel it in your chest, you can feel it in your entire body, I can say there is no other feeling like it. Each launch left me in awe, in goosebumps, with me clicking my camera – thousands of times – saying “wow wow wow wow wow wow” over and over again. It’s those rare WOW moments that make you exhilarated, excited, and leave you with a perma-grin. Insert happy face here 😀

The album I’m sharing is of the first (and only) Ares rocket launch. This was scrubbed twice before she finally launched. But the three of us made the 5 a.m. check-ins, and when she finally did light up, so did our faces.

Next week, as a NASA Social participant, here’s what I (and the other 49 space junkies) get to do! WOW just WOW!

  • view a launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket
  • tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center
  • speak with representatives from both NASA and SpaceX
  • view and take photographs of the SpaceX launch pad
  • meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • meet members of SpaceX and NASA’s social media teams

Excited to share my photos and experience with you, so stay tuned! We’re in the countdown.

Follow me on Twitter to get more updates! @whatisitpic … I think I’ll probably post more frequently there.

Art, Creativity, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

IMG_2331

“Good Morning, Astronauts!” from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is what sunrise looked like across the river, with one of the launch pads to the right. My son’s then-4th grade class participated in the overnight program (lucky me, I got to chaperone!), and we all had spent the night in the Saturn facility, where we slept underneath a rocket. In the morning, we were awakened by music, just like astronauts in outer space. This was one sunrise that I didn’t mind waking up for!

This week’s challenge: show what morning looks like to you. To see other entries, or to play, too, check out the Daily Post here.