Let’s Talk About Outer Space

Wasn’t that one of the reasons I started this website, way back in the early days of the universe when the photons were young and the ideals had moxie?

For those who might be relatively new around here and know me only from my “I’ve got a full-time-plus job and I might have a few seconds to throw some crap at the wall and see what sticks” days, there used to be a lot of spacey and astronomy-y things here. For example:

Transit of Venus astrophotography (along with other simple how-to bits for astrophotography)

Total lunar eclipse astrophotography (actually a couple more lunar eclipses as well)

History of manned space flight

Why NASA means so much to me

NASA Social at Edwards AFB

NASA Social at JPL for Orion launch

NASA Social at Palmdale for SOFIA

NASA Social in Washington DC for the Hubble Space Telescope 25th anniversary

NASA Social at Edwards AFB for LeapTech I would note for all of the NASA Social events, there were usually several days worth of posts and pictures, not just the one.

Why is this list important? It’s the one that I sent to the NASA Social team yesterday when I applied for the NASA Social on September 14 and 15th at JPL for the finale of the Cassini mission at Saturn. (If you’re interested, available, and meet the qualifications, you too can click on that link and apply before June 29th.)

On the one hand, I would  REALLY  like to get an invite to this NASA Social. Aside from the fact that it’s been over two years since I’ve been to one (that whole “job” thing mentioned above is really interfering with my fun!), this event promises to be spectacular, emotional, and a singular event in this generation of our exploration of the outer planets.

What are my odds of getting accepted? I suspect they’re…

…astronomical. (Nope, not sorry at all.)

I don’t know how many people will apply for those 25 spots. Not a clue actually. (Kate? Ballpark figures maybe?) I can say that as a WAG I would expect it to be 2,500+ and I wouldn’t be too awfully surprised to hear it was 25,000+.

One clue on the level of competition comes from the upgraded online form that they’re using. They want to make sure that you’re reaching a big crowd so they’re getting the best bang for their buck in inviting you. So now when you identify your Twitter or FaceBook or Instagram accounts, you’re asked to identify how many followers or friends you have:

Maybe it’s me, but if, say, Will Wheaton or John Scalzi wanted to go to this event and could be checking off those boxes deep into the lower half of this grid, they just might get preference over lil’ ol’ me. Just maybe.

Be that as it may, I’ve applied. So if nothing else, let’s start using this as a motivator over the next few weeks to spend much more time here talking about the things that I came here for in the first place. It can’t hurt!

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3 responses to “Let’s Talk About Outer Space

  1. Ronnie

    Go get em dear

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  2. I suspect they’d be looking at the folks in the 2,500-10,000 bracket – less likely to be exaggerating, and more likely the followers actually read the posts 🙂
    and don’t forget to add your Twitter Followers to your blog followers… all of your blogs….

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    • I suspect you’re right. If Bill Nye or Neil Degrasse Tyson want to come, they’ll just ask. The sweet spot for this one is probably at least one notch (probably two, maybe three) above my performance level.

      So far I haven’t mentioned the newer site. First of all, it only has something like 3 people following it. Secondly, they now have new guidelines regarding excess use of foul language – ’nuff said!

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