STS-133 NASA Tweet-up Countdown Begins
One week from today, assuming everything stays on schedule, the shuttle Discovery will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center on a trip to visit the International Space Station. This will also be Discovery's final mission into space as the STS program winds down. I have been selected along with 149 others to get an up close look at the STS program at Kennedy and this historic launch. I plan to blog my experiences here as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Today NASA gave the November 1 launch date a firm go, which sets in motion a week of final preparations and review. As reported by SpaceFlightNow.com the FRR or Flight Readiness Review concluded with a unanimous "go" for launch of next Monday at 4:40 p.m. EDT. Senior managers had reviewed the readiness of the space shuttle and International Space Station for the mission to deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Modul. It also set in motion my serious planning for the trip from New England to the Space Coast. I already had hotel and plane reservations but today I actually began to get my personal assets in order for the journey. This will include standard travel stuff, but also cameras, batteries, chargers and mobile blogging devices. I also began printing hard copies of the various documents I have already been sent by NASA. I will do my best to update this blog frequently this week and over the weekend, to document my trip.