Monday, September 19, 2011

What did THEY think?

It's the day after the 1st joint ESA and DLR Tweetup in Cologne. Many of the 60 invited tweeps are already home or on their way home. Same is true for me. After visiting the Dom of Cologne and making my way the 500+ steps up, I am about to head back to the United States. I must be in Long Beach, CA for Space2011 / AIAA Education Alley next week. (keep your eyes open for some interesting stuff - the STS-135 crew will come and visit and I will be having a presentation about our BTS-1 flight, the Sun and Space Weather).

Anyway, before I go on even more... It is time to reflect back. I want to share some of the blogs and pictures that have already been posted by others. There is really only one thing that I can say right now:

Dear ESA & DLR Team Members - you put together a very fun, interactive and impressive event. Everybody there was helpful and welcoming. It was fantastic to meet people from so many different countries, with many different languages and dialects, different views, ideas and opinions. But we all shared a common interest and love: Space & Space Exploration. There is a lot of work that goes into the preparations and execution of such an event. Thank you for doing all that, for opening up your world to us. Thanks for making us part of the team, sharing your passion, excitement and work. Thanks for letting us peak behind the curtains and see what is happening there in Cologne. And thank you for introducing your European Bluesuits to us Americans (and everybody else).

Dear Tweetup Attendees - thank you for being such cool peeps! Not only did so many of you pose with me, hold me, or tape me to a stick, but you have been sharing your stories, excitement and inspiration of ESA, DLR and many missions.

But I must also ask you to not stop there! You now have gotten an inside look of the wonderful things that are being done, the science that comes out of it and the impact it has today and in the future. Now you must take this knowledge, excitement and interest to the next level and share it with others in your circles. You have an opportunity to spread the understanding of "Why are we wanting to explore what's out there?". You have the ability to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers. It's easy to do, really. Continue to follow ESA, DLR, NASA, the Canadian, UK, Australian Space Agencies, ROSCOSMOS etc. and their missions. Learn what they all do, the missions they have, the science that comes out from them, and then share your knowledge with others.

Believe me, together we have the power and ability to make a big impact. W can demonstrate that science is not intimidating, that it is fun, interesting and necessary.

Zum Schluss moechte ich mich wirklich ganz herzlich bei Euch allen bedanken. Es kommt nicht oft vor, dass ein Gummihuhn so viele tolle Leute trifft und mit so vielen lustigen Erinnerung nach Hause kommen darf. Ganz vielen lieben Dank.

So here are some blogs and pictures from some people. I'll try to collect more.

Till soon!
Yours truly,

Camilla Corona SDO

ESA SpaceTweetup Blog

Space Tweetup Wiki
18 September 2011 Space Tweetup, Cologne, Germany by DLR and ESA

Beth Beck
SpaceTweetup Awesome 

Austrian Space Forum
First European #spacetweup in Cologne

An incredibly #awesome #SpaceTweetup

In der Forschung tweepts wohl

Nachrichten aus Absurdistan (which is pretty much where I live!)
Spacetweetup - when dreams come true

Space Quotes / Souvenirs d'Espace
Interview with Astronaut Alexander Gerst (ESA)

Skyweek two point Zero
Live blog form the first Euro-Space Tweetup

Birgitte Bailleul 
Observer La Terre Depuis Lespace

Virginie Courbin
When in Cologne...

Camilla Corona SDO's Blog
ESA & DLR German Aerospace Day

ESA Best of Pics
SpaceTweetup2011's Pics
SimSullen's Pics
MF72's Pics
Craftlass' Pics
Stefan M.'s Pics
Zebramaedchen's Pics
Timmermansr's Pics
Daniel Ziegenberg's Pics
Famille Sebile's Pics
Anne Grudzien's Pics
Hell yea, it's rocket science's Pics
Anatomiz's Pics
Official Group Photo

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Rhein-Zeitung - Wie twittert man im All?

More from Today's Outing to the top of the Cologne Cathedral 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

ESA & DLR German Aerospace Day - September 18, 2011

And here we are at the European Space Agency's Astronaut Center in Cologne. They have a fantastic tent for all the Tweetup SpaceTweeps, including tables, power outlets and WiFi. And everybody is extremely welcoming.

Throughout the day I will be updating this blog here. So check back for more pictures and information. I will just add them to the bottom each time I make an update. This way I keep some sort of "time-line".

Let's get started.

Had to get up early and take the train. Morning gang! 

Then it was time to take the cool bus! I am always on the cool bus. 

The European Astronaut Center (EAC) was established in 1990 and is located here in Cologne. After its foundation in 1990, three ESA astronauts were based at EAC. They were selected in 1978 for the first Spacelab mission on the Space Shuttle in 1983. ESA Astronaut Ulf Merbold (Germany) flew on that mission. Wubbo Ockels (Netherlands) flew on Spacelab D1 mission 1985. Claude Nicollier (Switzerland) completed his first mission on Space Shuttle STS-46 in 1992. Nicollier participated in three further Shuttle missions in 1993 (STS-61), 1996 (STS-75) and in 1999 (STS-103). He also become the first European to perform an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA - or spacewalk) during a Shuttle mission. 

 My friends from @ESA, @DLR_de and @DLR_en

The one and only Stephanie Schierholz with NASA HQ

 And my new friend from @HollandSpaceCen

And this is another new friend @nhaima from Rome. 

 Totally excited to see Erin Smith from NASA Ames

Here is Little SOFIA

One of SOFIA's pilots Manny Antimisiaris.  

There she is! Hello SOFIA - first time outside of California for us! SOFIA is a world-class airborne observatory that complements the Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel and the James Webb space telescope. It features a German-built 100 inch diameter far-infrared telescope in the rear fuselage of a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft. 

Please meet @cpamoa from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Is this really our first picture together, @herrea?

 Inside of SOFIA now. You can see the telescope back there. 

 I even got to pose with my buddy @rocketman528 again! 
And another new friend Carlo @cazurro. He is from Granada in Spain. 

Now I am inside the huge Airbus A380. 

 More new friends! @wicho and @digitalmeteo with Polloparty! I think they are all from Spain. 

Don't get too close to those engines! 

Ok, we are heading back to the Tweetup Tent. I am leading the way... I hope there are no lightning strikes happening right now! 

This is Peter from the Netherlands @pclissold

Time for some presentations. First up SOFIA's Aloise Himmes, the Principal Investigator for the DLR part of the SOFIA mission. 

I see familiar faces... @rocketman528, @craftlass, @herrea 
US Astronaut Cady Coleman and ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Cady and I always make faces together. It's our thing! 

 I met Paolo for the first time in Baltimore in August. Good guy!

The @researcheurope representative 

 Virginie from France and Olivia

This is Olivia with the Austrian Space Forum. So toll! 

Maria and Olivia - they gave me the Oesterreichisches Weltraum Forum pin. Thank you! 

My Spanish friends with Little SDO solar viewing glasses. @cazurro, @wichoy 

Oh, finally! My good friend Katrin from Germany! 

Time for some group pictures. Can you spot me?

Right here - they are all pointing at me! 

And here is the large and official version of "Where is Camilla?"

Look at this group plus the STS-134 crew! 

Spanky (Astronaut Fincke) meeting my friend Eico

STS-134 Mission Specialist "Spanky" Michael Finke

STS-134 Pilot Gregory Johnson and Andreea from Belgium. 

STS-134 Mission Specialist 4 Gregory Chamitoff and Rin from Germany

STS-134 Mission Specialist Andrew J. Feustel

Hello Remco - nice to finally meet you! 

The truly admirable Beth Beck (sitting), Astro_Cady, Jeff and @researcheurope

ESA Astronaut & Head of the Astronaut Division at ESA, Michel Tognini (Mir-1 and STS-93 deploy emend of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory)

Hello Brigitte from France! 

ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforet  - she is an Italian Air Force Officer. 

A photograph of Earth 

The truly wonderful people at ESA & ESAoperations; Erica and Daniel

ESA Astronaut (also Italian) Luca Parmitano - training for ISS Exp 36. 

Kate and Astro_Luca inside the Columbia module. 

More great people! Katharina from Germany and @ESA_Italia

Me floating in the Cupola - brought to the ISS by the awesome STS-130 crew! Go Flyboy!