The SpaceX Experience: SpaceX Dragon CRS-1 NASA Social, October 6 – 7, 2012

About as real as it gets: Space X Falcon 9 launch, 8:35 p.m. EDT, October 7, 2012.


Lori Garver, NASA’s Deputy Administrator, October 7, 2012. 

I just came back from the Cape, having enjoyed the SpaceX launch experience last night. I was honored to have participated in the NASA Social for the launch this weekend. I tell you what – don’t be tricked by its small size: the SpaceX Falcon 9 has some real juice to it. Here’s video above, with audio, Florida News Network’s Steve Carney took right next to me as the rocket thundered into space. 

Yes, it was really that badass. I’ve seen night launches before, but this was really something to behold. I don’t have great photos of the launch, because I was just sitting back and enjoying it. In addition to seeing that sight, us space Tweeps also got to see the rocket on the pad, were embedded with news media in press conferences and treated like kings and queens, and also got to meet the woman above. And this guy:
Charlie Bolden, NASA’s Administrator and shuttle badass/legend. 
NASA and SpaceX really outdid themselves as usual and the social was an amazing event. I got to realize one of my lifelong dreams this weekend: I got to participate in televised press conferences and ask Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president, about the launch. I finally made it! It was a great way to champion the cause of spaceflight. 

I am very fortunate and grateful to have been invited to this historic launch, and I recommend the NASA Social experience to all space buffs or people who simply like to have a great time.

A “Falcon” ready to take flight: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket after being hoisted vertically on October 7, 2012. The Dragon capsule on board is set to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Wednesday, October 10. 

All photos by Emily Carney; video by Steve Carney. 


Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and creator of the This Space Available space blog, published since 2010. In January 2019, Emily’s This Space Available blog was incorporated into the National Space Society’s blog. The content of Emily’s blog can be accessed via the This Space Available blog category.

Note: The views expressed in This Space Available are those of the author and should not be considered as representing the positions or views of the National Space Society.


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