Mission Log: Seeing Shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Photos in this post are from Can't I Just Orbit? There are a lot of places around the country I love for various reasons. I love Pittsburgh for its food and fantastic city culture....more

My Spirit: this seasons last football game

Walking up to the football field with my whole family was a treat. There were the aunts, uncles, grandmothers, cousins, daughters, step-children and babies. My youngest of my many nephews had so much fun with all of his siblings (half and step) surrounding him. He will be three years older than my grand daughter and (as my sister and I are planning) to have them grow up together and become in the same social groups. That would make me a very happy Titi and Grandmother....more

The Things I Do For My Kid

When I was a teenager, I would be at the pool every single day during the summer. Of course, I had a pretty nice body back then, before life hit me like a Peterbilt. And back then I was all about boys, so showing off my bathing suit, and what was in it, was sooo very important.  I stayed out of the deep end, because I absolutely MUST have one foot on the ground at all times(a sensory processing issue) so I don't freak completely out.    ...more

Watching Atlantis with My Kids & Saying Goodbye to Astronaut Dreams

On Friday, I sat in a little cafe with my sons waiting for our lunch as the space shuttle Atlantis prepared for its last trip. I tweeted that we were watching it, which apparently many other moms were tweeting as well. My older son was amazed and watched the countdown clock like a hawk. When you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, his answer is almost always "a firefighter and a Space Ranger." A man waiting for his food turned to our table, listening to my sons' excitement, and said, "Sad that this is the last one, isn't it?" ...more

Knowing it was the last launch, I did record my two-year-old son's reaction to the initial ...more

Houston, we have a problem*

I didn't want to write this post and I certainly didn't want to write that cliched title. But it must be done. As you know, the space program is coming to an end, and today it was decided which cities were going to get a shuttle. Houston, Texas is not on that list. Houston, home of Mission Control, will NOT have a space shuttle. This is heart breaking, absolutely ridiculous, and just plain sad.You said it Jack Swigert......more

A big day for a little spacecraft: @MESSENGER2011

It was St. Patrick’s Day, and the crowd of nearly 400 waited expectantly in the Kossiakoff auditorium at APL. Irish dancing music was piped into the auditorium as recorded interviews of Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Eric Finnegan, and Eric Calloway played on the giant screen, reviewing the six planetary gravity assists, the five deep space maneuvers, and the big idea to add solar sailing that arose as the spacecraft approached the first Mercury flyby....more

Discovery's Final Launch

As a young girl, I was a dreamer, and believed in endless possibilities! It was dreams of being a marine biologist, astronaut, anthropologist that made me want to learn about the world around me, dreaming up at the stars, and charting my next adventure into unknown territories. It was this past week that I was able to get as close to the stars as I could ever imagine....more

Cool! I would have loved to been able to explore the complex! Did you dress undercover? I would ...more

NASA Scientist Felisa Wolfe-Simon Challenges Life as We Know It

What happens when a woman questions the status quo? Could it be that she can change the concept of life as we know it? It's possible. ...more

No, I'm in CA now. It's fun to visit. I hope all is well in N.O. It's fun talking to someone ...more

Space Cowgirl Dreams: In Zero Gravity at 30,000 Feet at NASA's Space Camp

I managed to get recruited as the team journalist for a group of brilliant and dedicated aerospace engineering students from the University of Michigan, who needed a reporter to fly in zero-gravity with them this past week. On June 17, I ventured into the unforgiving heat and humidity of Houston, Texas, to start my first day of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program at Ellington Field at 7 a.m. sharp. ...more

Reading about it both terrified me and made me envious. I don't know if I'd ever take an offer ...more

Animals in Space

There is much celebrating this week over the 40th anniversary of man's landing on the moon in 1969. Not to diss mankind's giant leap, but animals have been pulling duty in space since the 40s. Five national programs have flown animals into space: Soviet Union, France, Japan, China and the U.S.  We're talking insects, reptiles, rodents, fish, animal embryos, primates and mammals, including dogs and cats.  ...more

I wish someone would pay my way for a ride into orbit..any takers?

My love be with ...more