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Tweeting Teacher Picked to View Shuttle Launch

A Central Georgia woman says she tweeted her way into an opportunity that's out of this world.

Earlier this month, Patricia Henderson Cleveland, a fourth-grade teacher at Jeffersonville Elementary School, entered NASA's Tweet Up contest. She won one of 150 spots to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the space shuttle program's final launch in July.

"I got the email and I literally was jumping up and down and screaming 'yes, yes, I got in,'" Henderson Cleveland said. 

She was selected from more than 5,000 applicants across the country. She has the chance to meet astronauts, mission specialists and mechanics.

"I hope my little part of getting to go and share it with my future students, I hope that it makes them realize what a big part of the American way of life the shuttle program has been," Henderson Cleveland said. 

NASA plans to launch Shuttle Atlantis on July 8 at 11:26 a.m. Henderson Cleveland plans to be there, watching from a vantage point few people ever have.

She says she and other Tweet Up winners have the chance to stand just 3 miles from the launch pad to watch the blast off. That's as close as the media and closer than the public, she says.  

"It's 100 percent a dream," she said, "and I'll probably be standing there on launch day going 'Somebody pinch me, I don't think this is real yet, somebody pinch me.'"

Her trip to the space center is scheduled to begin July 6. 

For more information, you can follow Henderson Cleveland's blog or visit her Facebook page.

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