|The Gulf of Mexico, from the airplane|
Now, I also didn’t understand why we were going to an Irish pub while in Florida, but it turned out that the band has several members who are – I kid you not – astronauts.
That’s when reality started to sink in.
|Cady Coleman (@Astro_Cady : STS-73, STS-93) on the flute,|
and Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield : STS-74, STS-100) on guitar (left).
Photo graciously from @AdamZ .
One of the most impressive things about this community is its eagerness to teach others and share information, without being condescending or pretentious. (In this manner, I found SpaceTweeps much akin to GeoTweeps.) But what impressed me the most was that, despite wildly disparate backgrounds and knowledge levels, everyone met each other on a (mostly) level playing field: having this incredible opportunity to get excited over the space program, meet incredible people, and watch the historic final launch of the space shuttle.
Much as we had a lot to talk about that night, we ended the evening fairly early: it was time to rest up for the eventful days ahead.