Behind the scenes at the NPP press conference

October 27th, 2011
NPP missionj experts at the NASA press conference 10/26.

From left to right: George Diller, the voice of NASA TV; Tim Dunn NASA Launch Director from Kennedy Space Center; Vernon Thorpe, Program Manager for NASA missions from United Launch Alliance; Ken Schwer, NPP Project Manager, Goddard Space Flight Center; Lt. Lisa Cochran, Launch Weather Officer from the 30th Operations Support Squadron, Vandenberg.

Just before NPP’s prelaunch press conference, my fellow science writer Aries Keck handed me her tricked out camera and said: go wild. I grinned, tucked myself in the back corner, and took pictures of people taking pictures.

Best seats in the house. . .

Best seats in the house. . .

The camera operators had the best seats in the house. They were perched up on wooden blocks to get the head-on view of the panelists.

A couple of NASA photographers wandered around for the up close shots. And most of the rest pulled out their camera phones at one point or another.

The tech world of the modern media was everywhere: trip hazards in the aisles, working journalists with their laptops, and NASA Public Affairs lead Steve Cole on the Internet asking questions submitted by those watching the briefing live on NASA TV.

The briefing was a multimedia event with screens on the wall with video that some of us in the back had to crane to see. Also on display were models of the NPP and Delta II rocket that will take it into orbit. We even got to see a real sized satellite! Six CubeSats will be going up with NPP.

Goddard science writer Aries Keck held down the back corner live tweeting the press conference on her phone … and her computer on #NASANPP. — Ellen Gray, NPP media team


Aries Keck tweets from the pre-launch.

OH AND DID I MENTION? All opinions and opinionlike objects in this blog are mine alone and NOT those of NASA or Goddard Space Flight Center. And while we’re at it, links to websites posted on this blog do not imply endorsement of those websites by NASA.

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