I'm truly blessed to be able to attend or work so many amazing NASA events, and today, it's back to NASA Ames! I grew up in the shadow of Hangar One, so the Ames Research Center (ARC) holds a special place in my heart.
NASA ARC at Moffett Field, California
Today's event will be all about NASA's newest moon project, the robotic Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer. The acronym for the mission, LADEE, is generally pronounced "laa-dee" (as opposed to "lady") by the designers and scientists.
The hardware will launch on a Minotaur V to our beautiful Moon from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this September (and there is another social for the launch, too!)
NASA LADEE Vibration Testing
This is actually one of the smaller socials held, with only 15 attendees given social media credentials to learn about current Ames projects.
Aside from LADEE launch preparations, tours will include spacecraft hardware and missions operations facilities, and also a trek to the Ames "Roverscape" field, where astronauts on the International Space Station will remote control telerobotics rovers!
Try moving this from... ORBIT!
Throughout the day, follow these accounts and hashtags on Twitter to see all the moony and roboty goodness: @NASASocial, @NASAAmes, and @NASALADEE.
Of course, I'll be live-tweeting all day long from Ames, so you can also follow Pillownaut twitter for commentary. My fellow tweeters for tomorrow's events are listed on the LADEE / Rovers Test Twitter list, follow any and all of them for NASA Social updates!