Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Why Me?" - Meet your Virgin Galactic Space Travel Agent Bev!

Beverly and I have known each other for some time and I have enjoyed following her career as a Space Travel Agent for Virgin Galactic. Beverly has been a very supportive follower of not only NASA SDO, but also other NASA missions! 

But why don't you go and read for yourself...

When you are not enjoying Social Media, what do you do as a profession?

I work as a full service travel -and- space travel agent! I was selected to be 1 of only 76 people authorized in the America's to sell space travel with Virgin Galactic! An amazing honor!! It would be my pleasure to assist you with undersea lodging, to out of this world experiences - and everything in between! My travel agency, Sixth Star Travel in Plantation, FL is a part of the by invitation only Virtuoso luxury consortium - and Virtuoso has the exclusive agreement to sell space travel. Also, my owner is also an ASA (accredited space agent) so that makes it extra special for me. 

What has made space exploration such an interesting subject for you?
When I was in elementary school (yes, back in 1962) our class wrote a letter to John Glenn, asking for his autographed picture, after he went into space. I cherished that photo & after a flood, my Mom inadvertently threw it away. I was devestated! A few years ago, I wrote John Glenn a letter explaining the situation and he sent me his 2nd autographed photo of when, as a senator, he returned to space in 1998 for the 2nd time! It is now framed and one of my most cherished space items, next to my meteorites! Think how far they had to come to Earth & how long it took them to reach us! And of course, we all watched the Astronauts walk on the moon in 1969! How special that was/is! Then on December 7, 2009, I had the extreme privilege and pleasure of attending the Virgin Galactic unveiling of the VSS Enterprise with Sir Richard Branson, Burt Rutan, Governor(s) Schwarzenegger & Richardson. What an exciting adventure THAT was!! I am now also a part of creating a new South Florida Chapter of the National Space Society, as their 1st secretary, and can share my passions with like minded people! All are welcome to join us! And in my spare time, I write travel articles with the Airliner's Magazine (please check them out on facebook).

Spaceport America Runway Dedication in New Mexico today with Sir Richard Branson The event is part of Space Week in New Mexico and is another significant occasion for Virgin Galactic. A special flyover of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, the first long-distance capture-carry of the two aircraft, will form part of the runway dedication. Richard Branson has called the flyover a momentous development in the history of space and the commercialisation of space activity. More than 400 leaders in the commercial space industry have attended the 6th International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, with the runway dedication closing Space Week.
In your opinion what are the 3 most amazing achievements/results of space exploration?
All the amazing scientific and medical advancements we've made, thus far, by our being able to be in space*The astronauts who landed and walked on the moon and came safely back to Earth. * Viewing the incredible sights of our stars and universe from so far away*Virgin Galactic actually builidng a successful spacecraft to successfully take the everyday person up into suborbital space and being one of the pioneer's in space tourism. 

Is there a current mission (or missions) you follow regularly? If so, what mission(s)?
Each & every one that NASA has, as well as the Scaled Composites team testing of WK2 & SS2/Enterprise with Virgin Galactic!

View of the runway with VSS Enterprise! Space Tourism is here.
Why are you friends of this Not-Every-Day-Run-Of-The-Mill rubber chicken?
Why wouldn't I be? She is a darling chicken & THE mascot of NASA! She makes the subject of space & science so very interesting and entertaining. This chick has met more astronauts and famous people - that many people wish they were in her shoes! Plus, she is becoming a major fashion icon with her tin foil hats!! 

What is your advice to today's youth?
It is so important to study hard and do well in school. It's totally up to you to make yourself into someone who makes a difference in this world especially with your own family and friends to start. You must pay attention to all the advancements that are happening in this entire world and not limit yourselves in any way. Be open and receptive to new ideas, thoughts, beliefs and of all other people's customs & view points. And you must help preserve our planet and its resources for you and our future generations of our one planet earth.

Wishing everyone much health & happiness in their lives! Thank you so very much for this wonderful opportunity to share and introduce myself Camilla Sdo and our special facebook friends!

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Runway dedication ceremony today of SpacePort America in New Mexico, USA with the arrival of VSS Enterprise!


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