Eating Earth Dust (for NASA)

After two days on the National Mall with the NASA exhibit to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I can literally say I’ve become a dust-of-the-Earth kinda’ gal. The saying “ashes to ashes” (volcano ash), “dust to dust” (dust tornados to be precise) holds new meaning for me this week. I feel Mother Earth trying to claim me as her own this week. Fitting, I guess, for Earth Day week.

Cold, sand-blasted, wind-whipped  — but great space conversations.

Planet Earth art sculpture on National Mall

Planet Earth art sculpture on National Mall

"Plant It" Earth art sculpture on National Mall

"Plant It" Earth art sculpture on National Mall

Capitol behind Earth sculpture.

Capitol behind Earth sculpture.

NASA participated in the Earth Day Network celebration with tents and activities on the Mall. We brought a flown Space Shuttle tire for visitors to sign and decorate. We’re recycling the tire to let folks touch something that’s actually flown in space, and leave their “mark on space” by signing/doodling on the tire.

Flown Shuttle tire on Saturday.

Flown Shuttle tire on Saturday.

Graffiti Tire AND Display on Sunday

Graffiti Tire AND Display on Sunday

Yep, we love to leave our mark on history — as you can see.

We also took our Spacesuit Photo Op display out to the Mall for visitors to step inside for a spacesuit portrait. Always fun for Earthlings of all ages.

(We can even show proof of space cooperation with the Chinese…Panda bears, that is.)

Even Panda Bears love space!

Even Panda Bears love space!

Space boy

Maybe he'll walk on Mars one day.

NASA's Vickie Walton staffs Photo Op Spacesuit.

NASA's Vickie Walton staffs Photo Op Spacesuit.

Hannah (in stripes) LOVES all things space! Girl power!

Hannah (in stripes) LOVES all things space! Girl power!

We held our first-ever Earth tweet-up yesterday. I don’t work in the Earth science program at NASA, but cool that I was working the Mall exhibit and had the chance to chat with Space Tweeps all day. Serendipity for me. Except that while I talked to Tweeps, people signed the Shuttle Tire DISPLAY holder, rather than the tire itself.

NASA's first Earth Day Tweet-up

NASA's first Earth Day Tweet-up

Space Tweep @astroIvy

Space Tweep @astroIvy

My space tweep buddy Glenn @zippyG2

My space tweep buddy Glenn @zippyG2

Space laughs with @cmaaarrr + @moonrangerlaura

Space laughs with @cmaaarrr + @moonrangerlaura

@oceanChick99 interviewing Maria-Jose @theAGU for UnanimousMovie.com

Tina @oceanChick99 interviewing Maria-Jose @theAGU for UnanimousMovie.com

Manoel Belem

Manoel Belem

I really enjoyed meeting Manoel Belem, astronaut-candidate in Brazil — back when they were partnering with us on the International Space Station. Manoel flew here from São Paulo JUST for the NASA Tweet-up. Manoel shared with us about Brazil’s first astronaut Marcos Pontes who trained with the astronauts in Houston, before his country made the decision to fly him to space through the Russian space tourist program. Marcos launch with the Expedition-13 crew from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 29, 2006 and spent eight days in space. Brazil shut down the astronaut program, leaving Manoel without a flight to space. He’s still dreaming of the day he fulfills his zero-g dream. In the meantime, he’s active in social media as @mlbelem.

Great conversations with all of you! But, I have to say, the highlight for me was holding @astroIvy’s iPad in my very own hands. I so SO want one!

Browse the Earth Day pics the Science Mission Directorate posted on Flickr. (The Earth dome in the Flickr pictures blew over. We’re hoping Mother Earth calms down during the week so we can pitch the tent again.)

We’ll be on the Mall all week through next weekend. Come learn more about NASA and space, if you’re in town. (And dress for winter!)

Hill staffer @KenMonroe shows off green NASA bag.

Hill staffer @KenMonroe shows off green NASA bag.

1 Comment

Filed under artists, Earth, environment, federal government, NASA, social media, space, tweet-up

One response to “Eating Earth Dust (for NASA)

  1. Beth,
    Very nice to meet you!!
    Let’s work on a NASA Tweetup Day in Brazil.
    (sent you a mal about that)
    Regards
    Abraco

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