Accepted to Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop!

No, really. I mean it this time.

I’m extremely pleased to get in because some part of my brain was sure that the April Fool’s Prank was totally going to jinx me out of going. I’m relieved my superstitions didn’t play out. And super excited to be going to space camp. I mean, big telescopes! Real astronomers!

When I was in… (Mom? What grade was I in when I did Dr. Danby’s astronomy class?) Anyway, one summer my mom got me into an astronomy camp taught at the local college. I was definitely one of the younger students, but it wasn’t a college level course. I remember that she would drive me out to Meredith College so that we could stand in a field and look at the stars and planets through the telescopes. I loved it, and not just because I got to stay up past my bedtime.

My dad helped me make a planetarium out of a refrigerator box for my science fair project. We kept it for ages after that and it was one of my favorite things.

So getting to got to a NASA-funded workshop is really a childhood dream come true. I can’t wait.

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32 Responses

  1. Jeff

    Do you know who Deanna Hoak is? She also got accepted to the Workshop. Good people.

    As far as me: green with envy!

    I took astronomy in high school then in my senior year in high school in college as well. I also spent time at UCLA down in their plasma lab (not blood…star stuff, held in a magnetic field *shiver*).

    I always wanted to go to spacecamp in Huntsville as a kiddo. It was my dream to be an astronaught. I guess I’ll have to settle for space cadet. :0

  2. Chang

    Congratulations! I applied but I suspect I shan’t get in as I am a nobody.

    Will you use a puppet to ask question or do you ask them? And will the puppet get its own blue jumpsuit?

      1. Chang

        Nah, but I doubted I would. I am unpublished and I dashed off my application in three seconds to meet the deadline. Perhaps next year. Lord knows I need to learn my astronomy.

  3. Mike F

    That’s great! I would love to do something like that. I’ve been into astronomy since I was a little kid also. Sounds like it will be a blast.

  4. Maggie

    You know, 2008 seems to be turning out to be the year of Mary ;D.

    This is wonderful–congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful time and I do hope you’ll tell us all about it.

  5. John Charny

    Congrantulations. Have a good time. Dress warm. Lets see … a small group of writers who know each other … isolated in the mountains far away from civilization. I expect at least an interesting story for the rest of us who don’t get to go. 🙂

    1. Mary Robinette Kowal

      Oooo…. That actually is a good premise. And then ALIENS come and threaten to blow up the world! But the SF writers stop them through a cunning use of exposition and handwavium!

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