If you want to connect with NASA and other space enthusiasts, consider registering for a NASA Social. These are events organized by NASA, sometimes including a launch opportunity, where space-loving folks can get together, geek out, and most importantly, share their experiences via social media.
If you want to give this a try yourself, NASA just announced a new social event for June 30-July 1 at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California!
This new NASA Social is organized around the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), and you can register here: http://www.nasa.gov/oco-2-nasa-social/
I’ve registered for this one already, and they’ll announce the 70 lucky participants as the date gets closer — maybe I’ll see you there!
Flashback: I was lucky enough to be selected for one in August of 2012, an opportunity to view the launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission to study the Earth’s Van Allen belts. (Blog post to come soon!) It was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done, even if the launch was scrubbed twice and I didn’t get to stay for the eventually successful attempt.