At the Space Shuttle Launch!
Kid Reporters Twitter live from Endeavour launch on Saturday.
Kid Reporters Bailey and Mason Pownall of Austin, Texas, are
at the Kennedy Center in Florida for the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on tomorrow (Saturday, June 13). Mason and Bailey interviewed astronaut Tim Kopra, who is also from Austin, before he left on his first space shuttle mission.
On the night before the launch, the brothers attended an event for Kopra's friends and family.
Kopra will be living on the International Space Station (ISS) for three months as the ISS's first crew of 6 astronauts. The ISS has in the past hosted only two or three astronauts at a time.
Mason and Bailey will be posting live reports on Twitter from the launch. The following blog post is a compilation of their tweets from the pre-launch party on Friday night. Each Twitter can only be 140 characters (not words!) long.
Twitter reports (Log onto twitter.com and search for #space shuttle.)
We are in the Atlas Room at the Kennedy Space Center for the astronauts' pre-launch friends and family event. We are watching a slide show about astronaut Tim Kopra's life.
Hundreds of people are here in Florida for tomorrow's launch. Astronaut Kopra has so many friends here, even his high school band director is here. Tim was a drum major in high school.
Tim isn't here though. The astronauts are all together getting ready for tomorrow's launch. He sent a video message to us though. Astronaut Tim Kopra is making his first flight on the space shuttle at 7 a.m. Saturday morning (tomorrow). We are here to report it!
We just spoke to Tim Kopra's daughter. She said she would miss him but is really happy he is going to space. (The Kopra children have asked that Scholastic not publish their names.) Kopra's school aged daughter does not want to be an astronaut though. She says it takes too much work and traveling!
Just spoke to Astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who worked with Kopra in the past. "He is a strong leader and great guy," she says. Astronaut Wilson flew on a space shuttle mission in 2006-2007. She is scheduled to return to space in 2010.
The party is over and everyone is now leaving. The launch time tomorrow morning is 7:17 a.m. We have to be there by 3 a.m.! We know it's early, but be sure to join us at 7 a.m. Saturday (June 13) for live reports from Endeavour's launch.