Why you should sign up for the launch #NASAtweetup for #STS133

NASA announced last week that they will be hosting another launch tweetup, this time for the launch of Discovery (STS-133) on November 1. The tweetup will be a two-day event on October 31 and November 1 culminating with the afternoon launch of Discovery. Here are some reasons why you should sign up:

  1. It’s the last launch and mission of Space Shuttle Discovery.
  2. It’s your chance to see a launch up close and personal (right next to the iconic countdown clock!)
  3. You will have a chance to see parts of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center that are not on the public tour (like the employee cafeteria 🙂 )
  4. It’s a great way to share the excitement of space exploration with your students
  5. It’s a fantastic teaching and learning experience for #STEM teachers and students
  6. You will meet some of the coolest space enthusiasts
  7. You will meet some of the coolest astronauts and NASA engineeers
  8. It’s a once in a lifetime experience
  9. You never forget your first launch
  10. This is one of the two remaining scheduled shuttle launches, soon it will be too late

I went to the last NASA launch tweetup for STS-132. It was amazing! Plus, I shared the experience with my students through our class blog and Twitter. They became so excited about space and exploration. Many even came in early on the last day of school to watch the shuttle landing on NASA tv. They learned a great deal, and this excites me since they are the future of space exploration!

So, what do you do if you want to be a part of this amazing event? Follow @NASA and @NASAtweetup on Twitter. Check out the #nasatweetup hashtag. Find more information on the NASA tweetup web page, and be sure to register for your chance for a spot on August 24-25. I’m sure they are looking for a few good teachers to share this even with students. Give it shot – you might just get chosen to have on of the most amazing experiences of your life!

By Janelle

Space geek, science nerd extraordinaire. That's me! Want to know more, visit the About page.


  1. All good reasons! Wish everyone could see the launch. As a former teacher, very happy to see teachers engaged in the space program. Never forget that all six of Discovery’s crew were at one time the wide eyed students in some teachers class.

    1. Thank you! What a great point about all Discovery’s crew members being students once. I love sharing the space program with my students. Teaching sixth grade, I am lucky to get them at a point where they are very interested in all possibilities.

  2. Janelle – those are all very good reasons for attending a tweetup! But even for those who may not be chosen, may I highly recommend, at the very least, following along on the activities leading up to and during the tweetup! Many space enthusiasts (and even some NASA Ambassadors) will be tweeting along and sharing their experiences.

    The teachers who spread the message for NASA have a special place in my heart. You know who you are! I’ll always be your cheerleader!

    1. Good point, Lucie! I myself will be watching form the sidelines this time. But I’m still really hoping a classroom teacher gets chosen to go again, so that my classes and I can follow along.

      Thanks for being such a great cheerleader 🙂

  3. Very nice! I keep saying if my teachers had showed me some real life science connections in school, I would’ve liked science and wanted to learn more about it!

  4. What a wonderful opportunity! I love teaching about space and NASA with my class. We build all sorts of rockets and watch past launches. Seeing a launch in person is one of my goals. I have to tell my fellow teachers about this. Thanks!

    1. Tim, that’s fantastic! Please let me know if you or and of your colleagues get chosen to go see the launch. My classes would love to follow your journey. It’s an amazing experience you will never forget!

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