NASA Juno Tweetup Press Release

Jacksonville Resident is One of 150 Selected to Attend NASA Tweetup for Launch of Jupiter-Bound Mission Aug. 4 – 5, 2011

NASA Twitter Followers Will Tweet from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Jacksonville, FL (August 01, 2011)- NASA will bring together 150 Twitter followers to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a two-day Tweetup, Aug. 4 - 5, 2011, for the launch of the Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket. Jacksonville resident Amanda Marron has been selected as one of 150 @NASA Twitter followers to attend and Tweet the event. The Atlas V’s launch window opens at 11:39 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 5. Juno will begin a five-year cruise to Jupiter and is expected to arrive in July 2016.

As a NASA Tweetup attendee, Marron and the other 149 Twitter users will interact with engineers and scientists from the Juno mission and other upcoming NASA missions as well as tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. If all goes as scheduled, participants will view the Juno spacecraft launch. In addition, the Tweetup will allow participants to meet other tweeps and members of NASA’s social media team. Attendees were selected through a lottery system in which 1,200 @NASA Twitter followers registered.

“It is an absolute joy to be selected,” Marron said, “I have been enamored with the Space program since I was a little girl. This will be my first time visiting Cape Canaveral and what better way to visit than with a Tweetup and a launch.”

Marron has recently returned from a three-year tour in Sicily and is acclimating to civilian life after serving for 7 years with the U.S. Navy. She plans to start college in the fall. Follow her Tweets at
NASA Tweetup participants are traveling from across North America and Europe to attend. Find a list of registered attendees on the NASA Tweetup Twitter account:!/NASATweetup/juno-launch/members

This Jupiter-bound mission Tweetup will be NASA’s 23rd. NASA held its first Tweetup on Jan. 21, 2009, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. NASA’s Tweetup Twitter account is and participants will be using #NASATweetup in their updates while tweeting. Information about NASA Tweetup can be viewed on

About Juno
The Juno spacecraft will investigate Jupiter’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. The spacecraft's color camera will provide close-up images of the gas planet, including the first detailed glimpse of Jupiter’s poles. Principal Investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, is leading the mission and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is managing it. Visit and http://missionjuno.swri.ed for additional information.
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I am a firm believer in karma. If you let your negativity - your hopelessness - your bleakness wash over you, that is all you will ever receive. If you send out positivity - love - light, that is what you will receive in return.

I try not to dwell on negativity and the bad. I think to experience life you must experience the ups and downs, but you must also not let the downs take over your life. You must learn from them and grow.

The Art Of Prayer - A Response to LunaWolfe

A few months ago, I started following a few different Pagan women via Twitter, Facebook and their blogs. With the constant craziness that's been going on this year, it has felt like I have had no time for my faith and for the Goddess. Just reading some of these blogs has started to bring me back around to where I want to be.

I was just reading a blog post about prayer on The Modern Pagan Woman's blog and it got me thinking of how I pray to my Goddess and God. She says that she prays mostly with thought. I think I do too. Just taking a few moments when I feel I need some guidance or I want to focus loving energy towards someone who I know could use it.

The most recent example of this is when my family's dog passed away. No, not Bear, but a dog that has been around since about 2005. This was a dog that I picked out, but was for my niece. I immediately fell in love with this dog when I saw him sleeping in the back of a cage as a puppy. When I left for Italy in 2008, he was a healthy boy and when I came home just about two months ago, he was no where near that. The diagnosis that the vet had given was depression. I took one look at this dog and knew he wasn't suffering from depression. I googled his symptoms which immediately pointed to heartworms. I tried to do the right thing and get numbers for the emergency vet and get my in-laws to just put him down so that he didn't have to suffer anymore. They refused.

The days before he passed were very tough. He was losing control of his bowels and bladder. He was listless and so very skinny. He had no muscle tone on his hind quarter at all. It broke my heart that I couldn't do anything for this dog.

You could tell that he was getting close to his time, especially when he collapsed the day before he passed. He was laid on a blanket in the living room and we all took turns laying with him. When I laid with him, I placed my right hand on his heart and with the other, I cradled his head. I prayed to the Goddess to not let him suffer anymore. I prayed that she would take this wonderful dog into her arms and let him run in the Summerland. I prayed that she let him feast in a way that he couldn't in the remaining months of his life. He was looking me right in the eyes as I prayed, like he knew. The next day when no one was home (save for the other animals), he passed on.

That is just one way that I know my Goddess hears me. I have prayed in other ways too. Drum Circle, for one. I love drum circle. I love feeling the beat of the drums and dancing around the fire. Building up the positive energy and sending it forth into the universe. Music, in all its aspects, can be prayer. The middle of a concert, with the right song playing, can be its own prayer. The energy of the crowd and the artist combining into something purely magical.

I haven't attended one in a long while, but I love attending and participating in ritual. When you are among a group of like-minded individuals who you trust, that makes it even more powerful. I have come out of ritual completely refreshed and renewed.

There are many ways to pray, and there isn't any way that's the wrong way. It's been a long while since I opened myself up to my Goddess and prayer is the best way to start again.


It's been a very long while since I kept a blog. I figured it was time to start back up again, especially since I'm looking into some Creative Writing degrees for college.

So much has happened in my life in the past 6 months alone. Drastic changes. Gaining friends. Losing friends. Going from Active Duty Navy to civilian life. Moving half way around the globe again for the second time in three years. It's been taking a toll on me. Physically, mentally and emotionally.

I'm used to change. I can handle change. All of this just seems to be too much change at once.