Sunday, September 12, 2010

I've been selected to attend the launch of STS-133 at the Kennedy Space Center Press Viewing Area!!!

The Bayourat has been selected to view the launch of space shuttle Discovery (STS-133) from the press viewing area at the Kennedy Space Center just 3 miles from the launch pad. I was chosen from a group of applicants (150 of 3,000) to participate in a NASA tweetup. This is the on-line social networking site Twitter. For those of you that tweet you can follow me on twitter. My twitter account is @bayourat

The following is my NASA itinerary.

Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Tweetup Activities

Tweetup activities both days will take place at the press site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Tweetup participants will have their own air-conditioned tent with video monitors, WiFi, power outlets, and tables and chairs. Attendees will have access to the grass area by the launch countdown clock and flag. However, we ask that you refrain from setting up, walking or standing directly in front of the countdown clock, where you will be in the line-of-site shots for many of the news organizations.

On Oct. 31, at approximately 1 p.m., a two-hour program and interaction with NASA shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts and managers will begin. Following the program, attendees will have a short break. Following the break, attendees will board buses for a tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center. On the tour, you will visit the Apollo Saturn V Center and the International Space Station Processing Facility. You will return to the press site for a short break, during which time you can eat dinner. Dinner is not provided; we encourage you to plan to bring it with you. Coolers are allowed at the press site but must be kept in your vehicle until dinner time. Limited options are available for purchase via a short walk with a NASA escort from the press site to the area cafeteria. Alcohol is not allowed on the Kennedy Space Center. Following dinner, NASA buses will take you to the launch pad viewing area, where you will watch the retraction of the Rotating Service Structure. The buses will return you to the press site, and the Tweetup will conclude for the day at approximately 8:30 p.m.

On launch day, you will need to arrive at the press site no later than 11 a.m. We'll have some speakers and visitors to the Tweetup tent for you, but you also will have some free time. The launch is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. EDT. Following launch, you may stay to watch the post-launch news conference on NASA TV in the tent, or you are free to leave the center.

On-site tech needs:

We will have free Wi-Fi available both days if you choose to bring your laptop. Nevertheless, Tweetup attendees should charge their electronic devices before the event. Power will not be available during the tour portions of the event Oct. 31 but will be available throughout the event Nov. 1. You may need to set your mobile phone to roam mode to achieve the best coverage.

Cameras, video cameras and tripods are allowed. However, we only have enough places for one seat for each attendee, so any equipment you bring into the tent must fit underneath your chair or on the table directly in front of you. If it will take up more space, you need to store it in your vehicle when you are not using it. If this is your first launch, we strongly suggest you put the camera down and enjoy the experience. After all, we have photographers and videographers there, too.

Portions of the Tweetup may be broadcast on NASA Television, online at or on UStream. Photos will be posted online during and/or after the event. Your participation in the event signals your consent to appear on air and online.

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