Sharon Feliciano is going on the trip of a lifetime – to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “I am thrilled,” she says, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about anything before!”
This is a NASA “Tweetup” and Feliciano was invited because of her social media skills. In order to be qualified, she had to follow one of the NASA Twitter accounts and fill out an application. Out of the 620 who applied, only 30 people were selected. Those 30 will see mission control “in action” while astronauts are in space. “It’s really cool because they give the average person the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the things that the regular tourist doesn’t get to view,” Feliciano tells us. Feliciano is the only person attending from Washington State and one of two people from the west coast.
“In keeping with my blog’s focus of geeky parents raising geeky children I want to bring a list of questions from aspiring Astronauts,” she says. Feliciano writes a blog called Parenting Geekly where she’s asking for people to leave their questions.
As part of the trip Feliciano also gets to go in one of the same simulators that the astronauts use.
Feliciano will be live Tweeting her experience (here) with the hashtag #nasatweetup. It’s a whirlwind of a trip, she says. She leaves early Monday morning, the Tweetup is on Tuesday and she flies home Wednesday.