@absolutspacegrl: My Favorite Rocket Scientist

May 29, 2009 · 3 comments

One of my favorite people to follow on Twitter is @absolutspacegrl.  She’s a rocket scientist – literally.

She works for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston TX and tweets about what’s going on at NASA.  And unlike most “famous” people on Twitter, she’s engaging.  By which I mean it’s possible to have an actual conversation with her.  She talks to her followers and answers their questions – anyone from moms with kids who want to know about rocket ships to hardcore amateur astronomers with technical questions. 

Like most kids, I thought NASA was the coolest thing when I was young.  To think that people actually got into rocket ships and went to the moon was incredible.  There was a time when I wanted to be an astronaut, just like everybody else.  I read all kinds of stuff about NASA and spaceflight.  It’s no secret that I’m a huge sci-fi buff.  I wouldn’t be such an avid reader of science fiction if it weren’t for learning about NASA as a kid.  As I got older, though, sci-fi took over my reading schedule because it was so much more interesting to read about than NASA in the newspapers.

Following @absolutspacegrl on Twitter has rekindled my interest in what our country actually does with all that money that goes into the space program.  As a Future Billionare of America, I can say that I plan strong support for NASA later on down the road.  Though my pocketbook isn’t currently available to support NASA, my voice is.  I’ve met some really cool people on Twitter, strictly because we find @absolutspacegrl‘s tweets interesting.

When the shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its mission to service the Hubble Telescope and the biggest outlets on the internet froze up, @absolutspacegrl‘s tweets kept us all in the loop.

The thing I admire most about @absolutspacegrl is that she loves her job.  She’s on Twitter because she wants to tell the world how cool NASA is and how much she enjoys working there.  I dig my job, sure; I even have a Twitter account set up for work-related stuff.  But I don’t tweet on that account nearly as much as @absolutspacegrl tweets on hers.  She lives and breathes spaceflight, and I think that’s wicked cool.

If you’re on Twitter, I highly recommend following @absolutspacegrl, whether or not you’re into stuff that deals with space.  She’s a great person and always deserving of every #followfriday she gets.

You can also check out some of the mentions of her here.

PS: #saveabsolutspacegrl

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Erin May 29, 2009 at 09:25

Wow. As an amateur space nerd, this was totally awesome. Thanks!

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lily.nicole May 29, 2009 at 10:26

Sorry Ted. My favorite rocket scientist is still my kid brother, Danny. He did back-to-back summer internships at NASA but got a job out here. I wonder if he knows your girlfriend…

No seriously, it makes me wonder. Spacegirl must be twittering from a personal computer because everything is terribly hush-hush. Danny had to buy his own ‘puter just to use Rosetta Stone, much less Facebook. And whatever project he’s working on now in CO, he can’t even tell us what it is or when it’s supposed be done. (Either that or his ADD is getting worse and he just gets lost on the way to work…)

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@admiraldaala June 3, 2009 at 00:05

Spacegirl is very lucky to have you as a friend – what a great article :)

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