Last week was my Real-time Planning Engineer (RPE) certification on console. A RPE is a back-room position to the Operations Planner in the Mission Control Center for International Space Station (for your non-NASA folk). The RPE works on the ISS plan for the next 7 days, this includes scheduling everything for the crew (experiments, repairs, exercise, sleep), ground activities, and satellite coverage.
It was a very long and stressful week on console and definitely deserved some celebrating. After my last shift on Thursday night, some co-workers and Terence and I went to Boonedoggle's for some heavy drinking. Yeah Midnight Cert Party!