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This is a community-owned and community-managed wiki site for NASA and other space-related Socials/Tweetups.* If you are unfamiliar with what a NASA or space tweetup is, the Wikipedia page (separate site) is a great starting place. This wiki's purpose is to help curate the experience of attending a tweetup—the participants, blog posts, images, and video related to such an event. The site's goal is to serve as a centralized resource for the community. It is easy to edit and contribute to this wiki. You can simply log in with your Twitter account (using OAuth)—all Twitter users already have access!
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@NASA_Landsat & @USGSLandsat #NASASocial at USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (May 30, 2013)
On May 30, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (#LDCM) will officially start its lifelong mission as Landsat 8. The next Landsat satellite will then begin to systematically acquire images of Earth, extending Landsat’s four-decade record of our planet.
We are inviting 30 of our social media followers to join us for a ceremony at the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, SD, that will formally acknowledge the transfer of responsibility of Landsat 8 from @NASA ( @NASA_Landsat ) to the @USGS ( @USGSLandsat ).
From May 30, the U.S. Geological Survey ( @USGS ) will be responsible for all aspects of operating the satellite — from the health and safety of the spacecraft and its acquisition schedules, to downlinking and receiving data in cooperation with our network of international ground stations. Once the data are permanently recorded at the USGS-EROS Center, they will be processed and distributed in conjunction with the rest of the 4 million-scene Landsat archive.
Through close collaboration between NASA and the USGS, the Landsat program supplies data that show the impact of human society on the planet, a perspective that is more crucial than ever as our global population surpasses seven billion people. Over time, Landsat data has led to an improved understanding of human health, biodiversity, energy and water management, urban planning, disaster recovery, and agriculture monitoring.
USGS-NASA Social 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 the USGS EROS Center including: the Landsat Ground Systems, the Film and Digital Archive, the Landsat Data Reception Antenna (RayDome); be part of the LDCM to Landsat 8 Transition Ceremony, to include Dr. Frank Kelly, USGS EROS Center Director; Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator (invited); Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior; Suzette Kimball, Acting USGS Director; South Dakota Elected Officials; Dr. Tom Loveland, USGS LDCM Project Scientist; and Dr. Jim Irons, NASA/GSFC LDCM Project Scientist; attend evening reception hosted by Forward Sioux Falls and Friends of Landsat; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of @NASA and @USGS social media team.
@NASA will host a one-day event for 30 social media followers NASA’s Johnson Space Center ( @NASA_Johnson ) in Houston, home of Mission Control. The @NASASocial will give guests an opportunity to learn more about the International Space Station, the scientific research conducted aboard the ISS, and the unique purpose-built facilities on the ground that enable this research. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions of space station management and scientists on the upcoming mission.
This offline visit to Johnson Space Center by our online social media followers will provide participants a behind-the-scenes look at 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.
NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Speak with science researchers whose work is enabled by the International Space Station; ask questions of the space station program manager and the associate program scientist during a press conference about the upcoming Expedition 36 mission to the International Space Station; tour unique facilities, including: the Robonaut Laboratory, the Mission Control Center, the Astronaut Exercise Equipment Training Facility; learn about: current scientific experiments underway aboard the space station and new experiments planned to launch in the future, 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; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media and members of NASA’s social media team ( @NASASocial ).
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Join Us Behind the Scenes at our 20th Anniversary National Tribute -- On Monday, April 29, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum marks its 20th anniversary with a day-long National Tribute to Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans. In addition to our honored guests, family, and friends of the Museum, we will invite five of our social media followers to attend a behind-the-scenes Tribute Tweetup and take part in the day’s activities, including addresses from President Bill Clinton and Museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel, programs led by Museum staff members, and a tour of the Museum’s newest exhibition, Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust.
@NASA , along with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center ( @RocketCenterUSA ), will host a three-day event for 50 of its social media followers starting the evening of April 25 and then two full days on April 26-27 during the 20th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race. This is the first @NASASocial at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
In the Great Moonbuggy Race, high school and college students work in teams of six. They design a two-person "moonbuggy" that tries to achieve the fastest vehicle assembly and race times on a grueling course.
As NASA looks to the future with missions to have humans visit an asteroid and eventually Mars, it is crucial to inspire and actively work to cultivate the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. The Great Moonbuggy Race is just one of NASA's programs that seeks to equip students with the skills needed to help NASA with these missions of the future.
NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Attend the moonbuggy races and observe teams compete for top prizes; Be embedded with individual teams to cover their trials and tribulations on the race course, along with what it took to design and race a custom built lunar rover; Experience the future of NASA's human spaceflight missions on a guided tour of the Marshall Space Flight Center. During the tour, participants will: Be immersed in the daily activities aboard the International Space Station; Visit the extensive facilities at Marshall that enable engineers and technicians to test hardware on the ground before launching it to space; Have an opportunity to speak with Marshall project managers from several programs and projects including the Space Launch System and meet the talented people who work on them
Take part in a guided tour of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, including participation in several hands-on activities usually reserved for those participating in Space Camp ( @SpaceCampUSA ); Honor the legacy of the original lunar rover, built at Marshall, by attending a special event with the scientists and researchers who were on the team that designed it; Attend the special movie premiere of “Space Warriors" at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on Thursday, April 25.
Join 60 of NASA's social media followers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to learn about the many missions and partnerships between @NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( @JAXA_en ).
Held on the Friday before a weekend of events at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., the day-long NASA Goddard event is designed to be a celebration of the many successful and ongoing missions between NASA and JAXA. NASA Social participants and their friends and families may also want to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade the day after the NASA Social on Saturday, April 13, and visit the JAXA booth at the annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.
A highlight of this @NASASocial will be discussion of the science and engineering involved in the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), an international mission to be launched by NASA and JAXA on a H-IIA Japanese-owned rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan in 2014. GPM will provide three-dimensional views of hurricanes and typhoons and set new standards for precipitation measurements worldwide using an international network of satellites united by the GPM Core Observatory, a satellite built by NASA and JAXA. The satellite is currently being tested at Goddard.
NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Speak with JAXA and NASA scientists whose work is at the cutting edge of understanding rain and snow from space; Learn more about research on why plants like Washington's famous cherry blossom trees are blossoming earlier; Hear how engineers at Goddard and JAXA overcame the challenge of building, shipping, and testing the GPM satellite instruments that were built in two different countries and successfully withstood two natural disasters; Discuss the latest science discovered about our sun as studied by the NASA/JAXA Hinode mission and spacecraft, launched in 2006; Tour unique facilities, including: The world's largest clean room; Goddard's 'Chamber of Horrors' where satellites are tested to withstand the rigors of spaceflight and view the GPM Core satellite as it's being tested; The 'robot arm room' where NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission facility recently constructed and successfully deployed a refueling demonstration on the International Space Station; The construction and integration of a Japanese instrument as part of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, where four identical spacecraft will orbit Earth making three-dimensional measurements of its magnetosphere; The Astrobiology Laboratory where scientists search for signs of life beyond Earth; Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope – the most powerful space telescope ever built and will provide images of the first galaxies ever formed and explore planets around distant stars; Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; Meet members of NASA’s social media team
United Launch Alliance ( @ulalaunch ) invites avid space social media followers for a two-day event surrounding the launch of an Atlas V carrying the Space-Based Infrared System (#SBIRS) GEO-2 satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The TweetUp will include tours of selected ULA and 45th Space Wing ( @45thSpaceWing ) facilities and presentations from various mission partners as well as launch viewing. Detailed agenda will be sent to selected participants.
SBIRS is a consolidated system intended to meet United States infrared space surveillance needs for decades to come. The SBIRS program addresses critical warfighter needs in the areas of missile warning, missile defense and battlespace characterization.
@NASA will host an event for 30 social media followers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Home of Mission Control, the @NASASocial event will give guests an opportunity to learn more about the International Space Station, the scientific research conducted aboard, and the unique purpose-built facilities on the ground that enable this research. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions of the upcoming Expedition 36 crew about their mission to the space station.
This visit to JSC by our online social media followers will provide participants a behind-the-scenes look at 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.
NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Speak with science researchers whose work is enabled by the International Space Station; Ask questions of NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg, European Space Agency Astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin during a March 19 press conference about their upcoming Expedition 36 to the International Space Station; Tour unique facilities, including: the Robonaut Laboratory, the Mission Control, the Exercise Equipment Training Facility; Learn about: Current scientific experiments underway aboard the space station and new experiments planned to launch in the future, 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; Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; Meet members of NASA’s social media team.
@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
Talk with @NASA_Astronauts / @ISS_Research #NASASocial at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (February 20, 2013)
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.
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)|
| || || See all of NASA's social media efforts.
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