One year ago today, I had the incredible opportunity to watch the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.

Thanks to NASA’s Tweetup program, I watched the launch from the Press area, met some astronauts and NASA people, and met a great group of fellow Tweeps!

I also had my awesome “Shuttle” beard. I vowed not to shave until Discovery launched after some launch delays in October 2011. Astronaut Leland Melvin was very brave to get close to the beard. I don’t know if it was his NASA training or his NFL experience that prepared him for the beard.