NASA invited me and 150 others to the final space shuttle launch STS-135 as part of the NASA Tweetup program. Atlantis launched July 8, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I was in the media by the big countdown clock to witness this historic last launch. The Tweetup also included behind the scenes tours into the VAB and out to the launch pad. Let me tell you, seeing the Space Shuttle in person and being able to get up close and personal was one of the coolest things I have ever done.

The NASA tweetup (now known as NASA Social) was a very cool experience. Anyone who has an interest in space and science should try and attend one. The STS-135 Atlantis launch was my first of many NASA Socials. I also attended the launch of the EFT-1 Orion mission in December 2014.