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Welcome to my new blog / vlog for all things space related.

My name is Patrick Burns.  I’m a life-long science and space geek.  While I was alive when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, I was only 10 months old.  Obviously I don’t remember any of it, but I’ve been fascinated with space my entire life, so perhaps the infant me was paying more attention to Apollo 11 than I realize!

I’m best known for something that may seem odd to people from the space fraternity.  My claim to fame is as a paranormal investigator.  I stared on a television program called “Haunting Evidence” for three seasons on the (now defunct) Court TV Network, and later the TruTV network.

We’re approaching the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 this summer.  The same age as me.  So why is a ghost hunter and former reality TV star starting to blog about space well into his middle aged years?

Quite simply, I’ve been given an incredible opportunity.

A good friend of mine by the name of Tina, is a fellow space geek and knows how passionate I am about the space program.  She learned that NASA’s social networking arm was looking for people active within social media to cover the next launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 / Dragon rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

NASA was selecting 50 people to receive media credentials to cover the launch and write about it on personal blogs and websites.

From the NASA social website…

“NASA will provide media credentials to social networking users who will actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate NASA news and information on digital media platforms. Attendees will have the same access to the event as news media. This includes, but is not limited to, attending tours and viewing opportunities, news conferences, demonstrations, interviews with key personnel. “

Tina was the one that found the link, and posted it to my Facebook timeline suggesting I apply. I thought it would be an amazing experience, but I didn’t think NASA was going to select a paranormal investigator and former reality TV star.

I started the application process… then stopped thinking “rediculous! Wasting my (and NASA’s) time.” I vacillated back and forth over the course of a day or two, then said “What the hell? Why not?” And completed the application process. Never expecting to hear anything back.

And to be honest, I forgot all about it. That was over 2 weeks ago, and I have been up to my eyeballs in preparing for a conference I am hosting.

Then I woke up earlier this week to find this waiting for me in my inbox…

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FROM: hq-social@mail.nasa.gov

Dear Patrick,

Thank you for applying for a NASA social media credential to attend the launch coverage of the SpaceX-3 cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station on March 15 & 16 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two-day event will provide you the opportunity to tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center, meet and interact with engineers, technicians, and other team members from Kennedy, view and take photographs of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad, meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media, meet members of NASA’s social media teams, and hopefully view the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9, which is scheduled to lift off at 4:42 a.m. EST on March 16.

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!!!!!   Suffice it to say, I am STOKED beyond belief to have been selected to participate.  I am no stranger to the Kennedy Space Center, but I’ve never been there in anything close to this capacity.

SO… here we sit.  Me, perhaps an unlikely candidate to blog about NASA and space exploration.  But passionate as hell about this stuff.

I have SO MANY unique ideas for this site.  It won’t be merely another space blog.  We’re going to shake things up around here.  I’ll of course blog about upcoming missions, but I’m also going to write about space subjects that I am passionate about.

We are GO for throttle up!

-Patrick

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