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Friday, March 8, 2013

NASA Celebration: #FollowFriday



All this month, I'm NASA! This means every weekday in March will feature a new post about NASA, and I'm hosting a giant giveaway in order to encourage people to spread the NASA love. For more information on the giveaway, check out this post.

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#FollowFriday

One fo the things that's awesome about the world today is how accessible the world has become. 

When I was growing up, I sort of felt that astronauts (and writers!) were so far out of my reach. Now, I can pop on Twitter and talk to an astronaut orbiting the planet.

We live in the future, y'all. I may not have a jetpack yet, but this is a pretty close second!

Anyway, if you're on Twitter, here's a list of astronauts, astrophysicists, and other cool people you should follow :)

NASA Programs

The real deal: NASA's official Twitter feed.

Official tweets from NASA's Kennedy Space program in Florida

Official tweets from NASA's Johnson center in Texas.

The official Twitter of the Hubble Space Telescope, aka the greatest source of space eye-candy.

NASA's education program's official tweets

NASA's Planetary Science Division: sending robots into space to explore planets.

The official account for the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecrafts, "the longest currently-operating spacecraft in deep space."

The 1960s NASA Lunar Orbiter Missions are still working and sending new images and data back to Earth.

The NASA Discovery Mission to Mercury--the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

Want the best NASA pics and videos delivered to you Twitter stream? Follow these guys.

Their whole bio is "Moon science rocks." If you love the moon, this one's for you.

This is the Mars Rover, which landed on Mars last August.

"Cruising around Saturn, its moons and the magnificent rings"

Love to know all about the past? Check out NASA's history.

Looking for aliens? Start here.

NASA Astronauts

You guys. This is BUZZ ALDRIN. For reals. According to his bio, he lives on Mars, and I'm inclined to believe this is true.

@NASA_Astronauts
Follow this twitter to hear from ALL the NASA astronauts on Twitter.


Current head of NASA Education, former astronaut who flew on the STS-120


From her bio: "NASA Space Operations Outreach Manager. My job: Inspire others with the drama & magic of space. My advice: Turn off the TV. Watch the heavens unfold."


NASA Astronaut

Astronaut, space station commander, aspiring poet.

Dr. Robert L. Satcher, former astronaut.

Colonel Doug Hurley, pilot of shuttle missions STS-127/135

Christopher Ferguson, former astronaut currently working on the CST-100

Clayton C. Anderson, retired astronaut currently working with NASA as a STEM Ambassador, and inventer of the Twitpic of the Day

Astrophysicists and Other Cool Scientists

This is Bill Nye. You know, the science guy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the coolest astrophysicist on the block.

Astronaut and scientist who tweets lots of space pictures!

Astronaut, scientist, more.

International Space Station

The official twitter feed of the ISS research department--the world's laboratory in orbit.

@AstroMarshburn
Thomas H. Marshburn, NASA astronaut currently on the ISS.

@AstroCoastie
Dan Burbank, NASA astronaut currently on the ISS.

@Astro_Suni
Sunita Williams, NASA astronaut currently on the ISS.


Commander Chris Hadfield
Astronaut for the CSA (Canadian Space Agency) program currently in orbit around Earth at the ISS and tweeting pictures he sees from the window. Seriously.

Canadian astronaut on the ISS.

Currently on a long duration space flight on the ISS

Astronaut from Baikonur, Kazakhstan currently on ISS

Italian astronaut on the ISS; many tweets in Italian.

Italian astronaut on the ISS; most tweets in English.
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This post is a part of the month-long celebration of NASA I'm hosting on my blog. In order to encourage people to celebrate NASA, I'm also hosting a giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive all the books in the recent Breathless Reads tour, signed, as well as ARCs of two anthologies and a signed Breathless Reads poster:


As well as swag from NASA, courtesy of Kate @ Ex Libris:

To celebrate NASA creatively: you could blog about why you like NASA, you could reach out to an astronaut for an interview, you could make space fan art, you could sing a song about NASA, you do a vlog, you make a list of all the ways NASA rocks...any of this counts! Just celebrate NASA in some awesome way, post it online, and include the link in the Rafflecopter. I even set that part of the entry open for multiple entries, so you could blog and vlog and Facebook and tumblr and Pinterest about NASA and they all count. The only requirements: post a link back to this contest, and put the full URL of the site in the Rafflecopter. Full details here.

To enter: be sure to read the full rules and terms of the contest here. Then fill out the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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