June 6, 2011

Getting My Geek On at NASA


JPL Logo image

Today (Monday June 6th) I’m at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in California. I was one of about 50 people invited to visit this NASA facility and take part in one of their coveted tweetups. I’ve been aware of the cool things JPL does for the NASA Space program for almost 3 decades.

Growing up in Southern California for a good portion of my tween/teen years gave me exposure to the work that scientist were doing at Cal Tech. As my interest in space and science continued, I learned more at the work at JPL. For many years, JPL has had a strong connection to both the University of Arizona in Tucson as well as Arizona State University, my alma mater. It brought a sense of pride to read the names of professionals I personally knew who were working on such important space exploration projects.

JPL bird image

Now, all these years later, I have a personal invitation to see the inner workings of a program that has created important missions to study Mars as well as map important oceanic, atmospheric and land on Earth. I get to spend the day with NASA scientists and engineers as well as other space geeks like myself.

I’m not sure what we’ll do, exactly. Though the list of engineers, specialists, oceanographers and project managers is extensive. Combined, these people have over 100 years of education! And they are deeply passionate about the work they do.

If you don’t yet follow me on Twitter but are interested in being part of this experience at home, you can follow me or watch the #NASATweetup hashtag. It might go a bit fast with all of us tweeting but it will be full of some great first hand insight about the workings of JPL and the various projects and Missions they are working on.

I’m beyond excited to be participating in this very unique experience. I’ll write more about it and share some pictures too! If you have any specific questions, tweet at me and I’ll see if I can get them answered.

Where is someplace or something you’ve always wanted to so but never thought possible?



The Culture Mom June 6, 2011 at 5:19 am

I can’t wait to read your tweets from NASA!

Diane @ Ohdiane June 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Wow this sounds sooo cool! I’ll be watching your tweets!

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