Local woman to ‘tweet’ space shuttle launch

Published on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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A local woman will be one of only a few Americans chosen to be part of a two-day “Tweetup” event hosted by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this month.

Point Roberts resident Heather Good was one of 150 Twitter followers chosen by lottery to attend and broadcast the space shuttle “Endeavour” launch on April 29 for its mission to the International Space Station.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Good said. “I have a particular fascination with the exploration of Mars; it’s just something that really excites me.”

Good, who edits an online space news magazine, said she hopes to find a way to stream parts of the launch live on her Twitter and Facebook accounts. She will begin "tweeting" her experience on April 28.

She added she would like to partner with some local schools to have their students follow her via social media and provide questions for Good to ask the astronauts and engineers.

Members of the Twitter team, called “tweeps,” will get special sub-media credentials and be placed in a special section with wireless access next to the press tent.

They will also have the opportunity to tour the center, view the shuttle launch and speak with NASA managers, astronauts, shuttle technicians and engineers. They will also be able to meet fellow “tweeps” and NASA’s social media team.

The launch is scheduled for 7:48 p.m. Eastern time (3:48 Pacific time) on April 29.

Those interested in following Good’s updates can do so by visiting http://twitter.com/foundonmars.

Her website is located at www.foundonmars.com.