|Washington Square Park|
Like a 14-year-old with a crush, I debated: "Should I say something to him? Do I dare?" I didn't. For one thing, his back was to me and I wasn't 100% sure it was him. I've had enough bone-headed experiences where I thought someone was someone else and looked like an idiot. More importantly, the tweetup started before I had a chance. Saved by the bell.
|Dr. Greene and Stephanie Schierholz|
|Dr. Mather and Stephanie Schierholz|
|Sandy Magnus, Leland Melvin, and|
@Astro_Clay) replied to a tweet I sent him, instructing me to ask Leland about Foley catheters! (Astronauts love giving each other hard times.)
Hanging out with all of these movers and shakers in the science world helped do something important for me: it brought them down to Earth. A Nobel Prize winner said that science doesn't always have to be about memorizing facts. Astronaut Leland Melvin said that anybody could become an astronaut. While I don't truly believe that, it was still inspiring to hear. Most of all, it was an honor to share a room with these guys for a few hours.