Flying by Mercury

Mercury image from Wikimedia CommonsOn October 6, the MESSENGER space probe will pass 124 miles above the surface of Mercury.  A group of six teachers, part of a NASA fellowship program, will be at Mission Control in Baltimore, sharing the experience with the world through a variety of web 2.0 tools.  One of the six is a fabulous, National Board Certified physics & astronomy teacher from the Fairport School District in upstate, NY.   Since he happens to be my husband, I can assure you he is as excited about this trip as any starry-eyed kid might be on the way to Space Camp.

Gene Gordon will be blogging & Twittering from Baltimore during the fly-by on October 6th.  If you would like to follow along, check out the details on his wiki at DragonPhysics.

There’s a great article about Gene in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. I note with pride that he’s wearing a “I Read Banned Books” t-shirt in his photo!

(NASA has really figured out how to use Web 2.0 tools to get the public excited about NASA ventures.  The Mars Phoenix feed is one of the most popular on Twitter.)

Picutre from NASA via Wikimedia Commons.