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All aboard for Mars!

My boarding pass for Mars! The boarding pass is for NASA’s InSight lander, scheduled for launch in March, 2016 and it “will listen to the heart of Mars to find the beat of rocky planet formation.” #JourneyToMars Here are also my Frequent Flyer Miles!


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has finally reached the planet formerly know as Pluto (now considered a icy dwarf planet). New Horizons left Earth back on January 19, 2006 and finally arrived today! Here is the blurb from the NASA fact sheet: New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity […]


On Friday May 1st (May Day) I was finally able to visit the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Space exhibit with friends Cheryl and Bill. The exhibit “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience” is very hands on with lots of videos, interactive items, NASA artifacts, and a mockup of the ISS bathroom! The blurb on the exhibit is […]

‘Plantary Citizen’

When I went to the ‘Outside the Spacecraft Social: 50 Years of EVA’ #Spacewalk50 at the Smithsonian Ar and Space Museum back in January 2015, I feel in love with one of the pieces of art in the exhibit:’Plantary Citizen’ by Angela Manno. ‘Plantary Citizen’ “is one of a 12-piece series of mixed-media paintings combining […]

Tweeting at NASA!

My article “Tweeting at NASA!” on the NASA social event #FlyNASA I attended back in November 2014 was just published in the Minnesota Flyer magazine! Its in the February 2015 issue and on page 16.  

Outside the Spacecraft Social Group Photo

The official ‘Outside the Spacecraft Social’ group photo with social media users (15 of us), curators, conservators, and special guest NASA Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria.   (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. See other photos of the event on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Flickr page

National Air and Space Museum!

After the social ended there was time to look around the National Air and Space Museum and it was amazing! I didn’t know where to look as there were airplanes and space items everywhere. Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega was my favorite item and its really the most beautiful airplane. Did I mention the gift shop […]

Outside the Spacecraft Social at the National Air and Space Museum

Today I received this email: “Dear Melissa, Congratulations! You have been selected to attend the Outside the Spacecraft Social at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC on January 7, 2015.” I was accepted to “Outside the Spacecraft Social” (a social media event) at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington […]

5 Reasons to be Thankful for NASA

Its Thanksgiving, so you should be thankful for many things and NASA should be at the top of the list! I went to a NASA Social event with a lot of very cool people who are writing and blogging about the event. Rebecca Benison wrote this great blog posting on “5 Reasons to be Thankful […]

NASA Armstrong’s Flickr account photos

NASA Armstrong has a Flickr account and they have posted photos taken on Tuesday November 18, 2014 and Wednesday November 19, 2014 of my #flyNASA Social Media event. I have found all the ones that I am in or a part of me is in (back of the head, hand, nose, etc). All photos of […]