NASA will open its doors to 150 lucky Twitter followers for the final launch of the Space Shuttle program. A 24 hour signup period begins June 1st on NASA’s website

NASA will choose participants at random who apply during the application period.  Those selected will receive exclusive tours of the Kennedy Space Center, meet astronauts and mission managers, and be able to view the launch from the closest vantage point at the historic NASA press site.  Participants are responsible for their lodging and travel expenses although many have found ways to share expenses as this Connecticut tweeter did for Endeavour’s launch. 

Watch Lon’s report from the STS-133 tweetup:

“Inviting people to attend the last shuttle launch and share it with their friends, family and followers is one way NASA can enable more people to experience this historic event,” said Stephanie Schierholz, social media manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “While the Space Shuttle Program is drawing to a close, the NASA Tweetup also will give our followers a broader view of the agency’s diverse activities.”

The tweetup is scheduled for July 7 and 8.  Dates are subject to change given weather and safety considerations. 

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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