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@NASA will host a one-day event for 20 of its social media followers as part of the week-long 2013 SXSW® Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The @SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and a lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer.
Participants will get special one-day access to NASA’s SXSW interactive panels and hear from and meet NASA scientists, engineers, astronauts, managers and the folks behind the agency’s social media efforts.
NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Take part on Sunday, March 10, in one of the most energetic, inspiring and creative events of the year; Learn about NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the most ambitious telescope ever constructed. Hubble’s tennis court-sized successor will be 100 times more powerful and orbit far beyond Earth’s Moon, where it will beam back images of the universe’s first galaxies as well as celestial objects hidden by clouds of cosmic dust; View the full-sized Webb telescope model outdoors, and then get an in-depth look at the perplexing questions the telescope is designed to answer: How did the universe form? Is our solar system unique? Are we alone in the cosmos?
Visit the NASA Experience Tent, filled with displays, videos, multimedia products and hands-on activities. As part of the NASA tent, Microsoft Research will be running their World Wide Telescope on a 10’x20’ visualization wall that lets users fly through the universe and explore planets, stars, etc.; Join Astronaut Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron) and others from NASA to socialize and discuss the latest innovations in space technology. Mingle with the pros and exchange stories about your favorite space mission; Meet the people behind NASA’s Mars Curiosity (@MarsCuriosity) landing social media campaign, see what helped NASA capture the public's attention and what's in store for the mission; Meet NASA designers who want to share a little about the history of the user experience in space, check out state-of-the-art tools aboard the space station and learn how to use free online tools to engage with NASA missions; Attend a star party with speakers ranging from astrophysicists to astronauts to Nobel laureates.
For more information about the SXSW Interactive Festival, visit: http://sxsw.com/interactive
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150 of @NASA's social media followers and their guests will have the unique opportunity to talk to three of the six crew members aboard the International Space Station, and speak with agency scientists and engineers about the ground-breaking research taking place daily on the orbiting laboratory, some 240 miles above Earth. The space station is the gateway to the rest of the universe, enabling important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase our understanding of how humans can safely work, live and thrive in space for long periods.
The day-long event will take place in two parts, with the morning at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington. A portion of the morning will be broadcast on NASA TV from 10:00 a.m. to noon EST.
In the afternoon, NASA has partnered with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) so participants will take part in a special tour of the museum and have opportunities to interact with museum experts.
Participants will have the opportunity to: Engage in a live chat with NASA astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn (@AstroMarshburn), and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield), currently aboard the space station; Speak with NASA astronaut Don Pettit (@Astro_Pettit) and agency scientists and engineers; Tour the NASA Headquarters Space Operations Center with live views from the International Space Station; Learn about: Current scientific experiments underway aboard the space station and new experiments planned to launch on the next SpaceX cargo resupply mission in March, Commercial and educational research opportunities enabled by the station's microgravity environment, How researchers study the effects of a weightless environment on the human body to help protect astronauts for long-duration spaceflight missions in the future, How the space station is being used to test groundbreaking, new technologies that will help astronauts safely reach new deep space destinations, including an asteroid and eventually Mars.
Did you know that there is only enough space to exhibit 2 percent of the Smithsonian’s collection at any given time? Come behind the scenes of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for a Tweetup where you will meet the curators of some of the more unusual stuff you’re unlikely to see during a normal visit.
@WhiteHouse State of the Union #SOTU Social at The White House in Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2013)
Watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 12th live from The White House, and then participate in a panel discussion with Administration officials about the vision and policies presented during the speech.
@NASA will host a two-day event for 80 of its social media followers for the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a satellite that continues a record-breaking 40 years of Earth observations.
Landsat satellites provide the longest continuous global record of the Earth's surface – ever. The first Landsat satellite launched from Vandenberg in 1972 and now what will become the eighth satellite in the Landsat series is scheduled to also launch from Vandenberg. This satellite, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), continues Landsat's critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing our resources of food, water and forests.
A collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Landsat program provides data that shows the impact of human society on the planet - a crucial measure as our population surpasses seven billion people. Landsat data has, over time, led to the improvement of human and biodiversity health, energy and water management, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture monitoring, all resulting in incalculable benefits to the U.S. and world economy.
LDCM will join the aging Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites in orbit to produce stunning images of Earth’s surface along with a wealth of scientific data.
@NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to:
Hear first-hand accounts by the Landsat Mission science and engineering teams; get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base's Western Range including: A rare look inside the the Western Range Operational Control Center (WROCC), which provides safe control of all launches from Vandenberg. The WROCC includes the control center, mission flight control center, weather center and transportation control center; tours of the Landsat Launch Mission Control room, the LDCM launch pad & The Vandenberg Heritage Center - Vandenberg's on-base private museum, located at historic Space Launch Complex-10. This visit includes historic briefings and artifacts dating to the earliest launches from the West Coast; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of NASA’s social media team.
Tweetup under the Northern Lights. Check out the tweetup's website and register now for a unique opportunity to spend 4 days under the Northern Lights, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. A maximum of 20 participants will be selected.
#BHSpace @USChamber Business Horizon Series: Free Enterprise & The Final Frontier in Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2013)
Calling all DC-based Space fans! We are having an awesome event all about commercial space featuring guest speakers from SpaceX, the Space Foundation, Space Florida, Virgin Galactic, etc.! In other words, this will be awesome!
Determined to share his experience aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) took the Twitterverse by storm since his launch on December 19. He has been tweeting magnificent pictures of the Earth from space, talking about the life and work of his crew in space, answering questions, and even engaging with Sci-Fi and other celebrities. His efforts continue to help raise awareness for science and space, and inspire thousands of to learn more.
To support Chris Hadfield's efforts on social media, the CSA is organising a special event and opening its doors to a limited number of tweeps (50) following Chris Hadfield or the CSA's Twitter accounts.
@NASA will host a two-day event for 60 of its social media followers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K), the first in a series of refurbishing satellites of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). NASA’s TDRS-K is scheduled to lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance (@ULALaunch) Atlas V rocket at 8:52 p.m. on Jan. 29, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
TDRSS is the space segment of one of NASA’s three space communications networks, the Space Network. The Space Network is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. Operations on the network run above 99.5% proficiency every month. Usually the Space Network operates above 99.9%.
A sampling of Space Network users includes: the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the International Space Station (ISS), Aqua, Aura, Terra and Landsat spacecraft and government rockets launched from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg.
@NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to: View the launch of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K; tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center; meet and interact with scientists, engineers, and other team members from NASA and the TDRS-K mission; learn about NASA’s Launch Services Program and how they match spacecraft with rockets; view and take photographs of the ULA launch pad with the Atlas V rocket carrying the spacecraft ready for lift-off; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of NASA's social media teams.
NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to go behind-the-scenes of NASA’s airborne Earth science missions during a media event at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California. This event will provide an opportunity for participants to meet scientists, learn how they study the Earth, air pollution and climate change using specialized science instruments on a unique fleet of aircraft.
50 social media users will be selected to attend the event and will be given the same access as news media in an effort to align the experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media.
Three major active Earth Science missions studying air pollution and climate change will be featured.
- NASA’s high-altitude unmanned Global Hawk aircraft will fly six miles above the surface to a region of that atmosphere that controls the entry of pollutants and other gases into the stratosphere. NASA's Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) will look at how these gases, including water vapor, influence Earth's climate, ozone layer, and energy budget.
- Two NASA planes will fly over the San Joaquin Valley to measure air pollution this winter. They are part of a five-year NASA science campaign called DISCOVER-AQ, which is working to improve the ability of satellites to observe air quality in the lowest part of the atmosphere. The goal is to better monitor pollution from satellites, so that scientists could make better air-quality forecasts and more accurately figure out where pollution is coming from.
- NASA's Polarimeter Definition Experiment (PODEX) will fly three different polarimeters on NASA's high-altitude ER-2 aircraft to measure aerosol and cloud physical properties. Tiny aerosol particles are found over every ecosystem and drift in Earth’s atmosphere from the surface to the stratosphere. They range in size from a few nanometers—less than the width of the smallest viruses—to several tens of micrometers—about the diameter of human hair. Despite their small size, they have major impacts on our climate and our health. Polarimeters show great promise for markedly improving aerosol measurements from space.
@NASA invites social media followers to a NASA Open House event showcasing NASA’s science, technology and engineering prowess from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, January 18, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. This #NASASocial is an opportunity to obtain a reserved seat during the open house and gain behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s talented people, including astronauts, mission management, and communicators.
During the event, participants will participate in four interactive sessions covering topics including NASA’s plans for the future of human spaceflight; the importance of technology innovation to our future; science on the International Space Station; and NASA’s ongoing and future missions to Mars. Additionally, the NASA Social participants will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes session about living and working in space.
The NASA Social will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington. (Registration is now closed.)
@NASA and the @theAGU will host a one-day event for 20 of its social media followers at the AGU Fall Meeting. The AGU Fall Meeting is the world's largest Earth and planetary science conference, attracting as many as 20,000 attendees and offering a platform for scientists to present their most cutting-edge work.
Participants will get special access to hear from and meet NASA and other scientists presenting recent research on Earth's climate, deep ocean exploration and the latest findings from Mars.
NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Take part in the bustling AGU Fall Meeting in downtown San Francisco, an annual stop for the world's top Earth and planetary scientists; meet over lunch with NASA and other scientists who are pushing the bounds of research into topics such as the impact of climate change on wildfires and exploring the geology of Mars; sit in on a press conference where scientists present new results and take questions from the media; attend a panel on deep ocean exploration led by James Cameron and including a NASA astrobiologist; wander through the AGU Fall Meeting's expansive exhibit hall; meet fellow science enthusiasts who are active on social media; talk to scientists who are presenting their work one on one at the meeting's science poster hall. (Registration is now closed.)
@NASA invites social media followers to a behind-the scenes NASA Social with astronaut Joe Acaba (@AstroAcaba). This @NASASocial is an opportunity to meet and speak with Acaba and other space-exploration-minded participants.
Acaba launched to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft May 15, 2012, spending 123 days aboard as a flight engineer of the Expedition 31 and 32 crews. He recently returned to Earth on Sept. 17 after four months off the planet. Acaba had previously spent 13 days in space as mission specialist during space shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission to the station in 2009, where he conducted two spacewalks totaling 12 hours and 57 minutes.
While in space, Acaba frequently tweeted on his Twitter account, @AstroAcaba, and participated in an #askStation TweetChat.
(Registration is now closed.)
Resources for Tweeps
| Space Tweep Society || @spacetweeps || A group of space enthusiasts (#SpaceTweeps) on Twitter from a variety of backgrounds. Our ranks include NASA and other space program employees, astronomers, journalists, astrophysicists, scientists, educators, and space geeks. Our mission is to promote enthusiasm for all things space and to unite those inside the space industry with those who are outside looking in. There's even a Book Club you can join! :)|
| SpaceUp || @spaceupconf || A space unconference, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Unconferences have been held about technology, science, transit, and even cupcakes, but this is the first one focused on space exploration. So far, SpaceUp events have been held Washington, D.C., Houston, San Diego, and Los Angeles.|
| Yuri's Night || @yurisnight || An annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin's first flight into space--as well as to promote space exploration.|
| #endlessBBQ || @endlessbbq || A recurring Space Tweep gathering centered around rocket launches and other space awesomeness.|
| Spacevidcast || @spacevidcast || A weekly, live web broadcast show all about space and exploration. Its typically Thursday nights at 10PM EST/7PM CST, but starting August 2011 for at least 2 months, the show will be taking a hiatus. Outside of their weekly live show, the main site broadcasts NASA HD TV live.|
| Commercial Space || @cswiki || Exists to share information about #newspace - the commercial space market.|
| SpaceTweetup Wiki || @spacetweetup || A wiki for European Space Tweetups (ESA/DLR tweetup at EAC, ESA tweetup at ESTEC, SpaceKoelsch 1 and 2)|
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