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Events in 2013

@NASA #Inaug2013 Open House @NASASocial at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2013)

@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.)

#NASASocial4yrs Virtual Tweetup Celebrating 4th anniversary of NASA's first Tweetup (January 21, 2013)

@NASADryden Social Media Accreditation for @NASA_Airborne Earth Science Event at Dryden Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California (January 25, 2013)

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.

#NASASocial for the Launch of TDRS-K Satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (January 29-30, 2013)

@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.

@csa_asc #CSATweetup in John H. Chapman Space Centre, Quebec
(February 7, 2013)

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.

#AuroraTweetup in Northern Finland (7-10 February 2013)

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.

@NASA_Landsat #Landsat #NASASocial at Vandenberg AFB in Lompoc, California (February 10-11, 2013)

@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.

#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!

@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.

@amhistorymuseum Behind the Scenes #SITweetup at National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (February 19, 2013)

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.

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.

#NASASocial Media Credentials for @SpaceX CRS-2 Launch from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (Feb. 28 & March 1, 2013)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend the launch for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (@SpaceX). The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to liftoff at 10:10 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

A maximum of 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.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: View the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket; Meet and interact with representatives from @NASA and @SpaceX; Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; Meet members of NASA's social media teams

#NASASocial at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas (March 10, 2013)

@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

@ULAlaunch #SBIRS #GEO2 #ULATweetUp at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (March 18-19, 2013)

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.

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#ISS #NASASocial at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas (March 19, 2013)

@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.

@SpaceUpSanDiego 2013 #SpaceUp Unconference at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (March 23-24, 2013)

SpaceUp San Diego (@SpaceUpSanDiego -- Follow the #SpaceUp hashtag on Twitter & watch Spacevidcast (@Spacevidcast) at 2pm PT.

#NASASocial for the #GPM @NASA_Rain Mission at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (April 12, 2013)

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

#NASASocial Media Credentials for @OrbitalSciences Antares Launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia (April 14-16, 2013)

@NASA is inviting 25 social media users to apply for credentials to attend the launch for the demo flight of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares Rocket, currently targeted for no earlier than April 16. The Antares rocket is targeted for liftoff at 3 p.m. EST from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

@NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to: View the launch of the Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket; Meet and interact with representatives from @NASA and @OrbitalSciences; Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media' Meet members of NASA's social media teams.

#moonbuggy @NASASocial at Marshall Space Flight Center/@RocketCenterUSA in Huntsville, Alabama (April 25-27, 2013)

@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.

@HolocaustMuseum #ushmm20 DC National Tribute Tweetup at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2013)

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.

@ISS_Research #ISS #NASASocial at Johnson Space Center/@NASA_Johnson in Houston, Texas (May 22, 2013)

@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).

@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.

Centennial Challenge Sample Return Robot #NASASocial at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts (June 7-8, 2013)

@NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will host a day and a half event for 20 social media followers starting at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, June 7, and then a full day beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 8, during the NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge. This is the first @NASASocial hosted in the Boston area. The challenge will take place on the campus of @WPI.

During the 2013 NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate that a robot can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth. The competition attracts competitors from industry and academia across the nation. NASA is providing the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency's Centennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by non-profit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships.

@NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to: Tour of "the pit" area to meet with teams and see the robot; Campus tour of WPI robotic research facilities, and robotics labs; build a simple bot and have a 'battlebots" type competition; Invitation to breakfast and opening ceremony with prizes awarded to competing teams; access to the Touch Tomorrow Festival's exhibits, speakers, interactive activities; invitation to the Awards Dinner, Saturday, June 8; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of NASA's social media team.

Astronaut Health, Fitness & Rehabilitation #NASASocial at @NASA_Johnson in Houston, Texas (July 17, 2013)

@NASA will host a one-day event for 30 social media followers on July 17, 2013, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Home of Mission Control and astronaut training, the @NASASocial event will give guests an opportunity to learn more about the International Space Station, the life science research (@ISS_Research) conducted on board, and health stabilization process for astronauts training for, living aboard and returning from the space station. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions of space station human research scientists and participate in a unique fitness demonstration.

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.

@NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to: Speak with science researchers whose work is enabled by the International Space Station; ask questions of the training team who support astronaut fitness; participate in the Expedition 37 Crew News Conference; tour unique facilities, including: the Mission Control Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility, 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 (@ISS_CASIS); 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_Orion Stationary Recovery Test #NASASocial at @NASA_Langley in Hampton, Virginia (August 14-15, 2013)

@NASA and the Navy’s United States Fleet Forces Command will host a two-day event for 30 of its social media followers starting at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 14 and all-day on Thursday, August 15, at NASA Langley Research Center and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

Participants will tour NASA Langley Research Center (@NASA_Langley) and then take a bus to Naval Station Norfolk to watch the Orion Stationary Recovery Test, hear from @NASA engineers and @USNavy personnel, and tour the recovery ship. This is the first time hardware and procedures developed for recovery of the Orion spacecraft test article provided by NASA and Lockheed Martin (@LockheedMartin) will be used in conjunction with U.S. Navy hardware and procedures. Testing will simulate the recovery of the Orion crew module in the Pacific Ocean during the Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission in the fall of 2014. EFT-1 will be Orion's first mission and will see the uncrewed spacecraft launch 3,600 miles into Earth's orbit. After the test flight, Orion will return to Earth at a speed of approximately 20,000 mph for a landing and recovery in the Pacific Ocean. The flight test will provide engineers with critical data about Orion's heat shield, flight systems and capabilities to validate designs of the spacecraft.

Lessons learned from the Stationary Recovery Test will be applied to the Underway Recovery Test, currently planned for early 2014. The hardware used in the stationary test will be sent to the West Coast to simulate how recovery operations will be conducted at sea. Lessons learned from the underway test will be applied to the recovery of the EFT-1. NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Watch the Orion Stationary Recovery Test; tour the Navy’s recovery ship; see and learn about the Hydro Impact Basin recently used; tour NASA Langley’s National Transonic Facility; meet and speak with NASA engineers; tour NASA Langley’s Structures & Materials Lab; tour the Virginia Air and Space Center; see and learn about the Orion spacecraft test article used in the Launch Abort System Pad Abort-1 test; watch an IMAX movie at the Virginia Air and Space Center (optional).

@NASA's Major Airborne Field Campaign at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas (August 21, 2013)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to go behind-the-scenes at NASA’s major airborne field campaign to study how air pollution from wildfires and other sources affect climate and our atmosphere. A media day is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, 2013, from 8 to 11 a.m. CDT at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.

15 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.

Over 200 scientists and support personnel are involved in the mission that will be flying across the southern United States from Johnson Space Center's {@NASAJohnson) Ellington Field in Houston beginning Aug. 10. The Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys mission -- SEAC4RS for short -- is NASA's most complex airborne science study of the year. SEAC4RS draws together coordinated observations from NASA satellites, aircraft and ground sites.

NASA's DC-8, which will carry 31 scientific instruments, and the high-altitude single-pilot ER-2, carrying 15 instruments, are the primary research aircraft for the mission. Media day events will feature a briefing with mission scientists and flight crews, followed by tours of the aircraft and interviews.

Events in 2012

@NASA FY2013 Budget #NASATweetup at NASA HQ in Washington, D.C. (February 13, 2012)

Want to be a citizen reporter covering @NASA's budget? For the first time, NASA is inviting 20 of its Twitter followers the opportunity to participate alongside media representatives in NASA's news conference outlining the budget. During the news conference, NASA also will take as many questions as possible submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA. Press release for more info.

@Astro_Ron #NASATweetup at NASA HQ in Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2012)

Registration for the event is open to @NASA followers and their guests. NASA will select 150 total participants by lottery from those who register online.

#SpaceKoelsch2 in Cologne, Germany (January 14, 2012)

@Smithsonian #SITweetup at Museum Support Center in Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2012)

Did you know only two percent of the Smithsonian’s collection is on view? Come behind the scenes to see where we keep the rest. Get a peek at what we have, how we care for our objects and the important research we do. Afterwards chat with some of Smithsonian’s social media team about how they’re bringing social media into the museum and the museum into social media. This event is open to 25 participants. Official announcement of the tweetup: http://socialmediaweek.org/event/ (event_id=1401)

Beyond Planet Earth Tweetup with Scientific American at American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY (January 18, 2012)

@SpaceCampUSA #SCTweetup at U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama (January 26-27, 2012)

Featuring a mini camp, guest speakers, SCUBA diving in the underwater "astronaut trainer" (!!!), and a movie premier!

VIRTUAL Tweetup for @SpaceCampUSA Movie "A Smile as Big as the Moon" Premier (January 29 at 8pm CST)

Can't make the movie premier in theaters? Join TweetChat.com for the virtual #SmileMovie tweetup! -- 8pm CST.

@NASAGlenn #NASATweetup at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio (March 2, 2012)

This is the NASA Glenn Research Center's first-ever NASA Tweetup and it is being held in celebration of John Glenn's first orbit 50 years ago. @Astro_Box will be there, among other dignitaries. NASA Press Release: NASA Glenn To Host Tweetup Celebrating 50th Anniversary Of First American To Orbit Earth

@Raytheon #MathAliveTweetup at @Smithsonian Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2012)

Raytheon invites its Twitter followers to its first tweetup -- an exclusive, private tour of the new MathAlive! exhibit at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery, inside the Ripley Center.

Be among the first to experience the many interactive galleries, including adventure sports, style and design, entertainment, video games, robotics and space before the new MathAlive! exhibit opens to the general public. Participants will also be able to meet special guests as well as the people behind the @Raytheon and @MathMovesU accounts.

@ESA #ATVtweetup at CNES Toulouse Space Centre in Toulouse, France (28-29 March 2012)

@SpaceTweetup with 60 participants for the ATV-3 European cargo ship docking with the ISS. The tweetup will be held in both English and French; questions and tweets are welcome in any language. ESA Press Release: SpaceTweetup to highlight ATV mission

@LockheedMartin F-16 #LMTweetUp in Fort Worth, Texas (April 3, 2012)

Celebrating the fighter jet tradition with a ceremony for the 4500th F-16 Fighting Falcon

(Registration closed at 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 15.)

@ISU_Tweet #ISUTweetup at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France (12-13 April 2012)

The International Space University in Strasbourg, France is inviting 20 Twitter followers to a Tweetup celebrating the 25th anniversary of ISU, Yuri’s Night, and the International Space Station and Mars Conference. The tweet up is open to anyone who follows @ISUnet or @ISU_Tweet. This Tweetup will showcase the International Space University, its alumni, and partners. The main event will take place Thursday 12 April, with optional activities on Friday 13 April.

@NASASocial to Welcome Discovery to @AirandSpace's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia (April 19, 2012)

The first NASA Social, where fans and followers from multiple social networks including Twitter, Facebook and Google + are invited to participate. The @Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and @NASA will host 30 of their social media followers at the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Space Shuttle Discovery, attached to its Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is expected to land at Washington-Dulles International Airport on April 17 and will be officially transferred by NASA into the Smithsonian’s collection in an outdoor ceremony open to the public on April 19. The April 19 event will begin with Discovery’s arrival from adjacent Dulles Airport, onto the tow road behind the Center.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: tour the Udvar-Hazy Center and explore the amazing collection of aviation and space objects on display; speak with museum curators, NASA scientists and engineers; view and take photographs of space shuttles Enterprise and Discovery together for the first time in history; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of the Smithsonian and NASA's social media teams. (Registration closed at noon Eastern, March 16.)

@LockheedMartin #SciFest #LMTweetup in Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2012)

Are you following @LockheedMartin and ready to fly the F-22 simulator and the see the @NASA_Orion capsule simulator? Then sign up for an opportunity to be one of up to 30 Twitter followers selected to attend this 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival “Sneak Peek” Tweetup. Tweetup Information. (Registration closed Friday, April 13 at 5pm Eastern.)

#OV101toNYC #SpotTheShuttle Tweetup in Hoboken, New Jersey (April 27, 2012)

Help welcome Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) to New York City where she will be displayed at the Intrepid Museum for visitors from around the world to appreciate. This is a SpaceTweeps-organized tweetup to #SpotTheShuttle. Tweeps will be gathering at Pier A Park in Hoboken with great Hudson River views.

@OEWF's inaugural #MarsTweetup in Austria (28 April 2012)

The Austria Space Forum (@OEWF is inviting 20 Twitter followers to its first tweetup at the Dachstein Mars simulation in Austria. The Tweetup is for Twitter followers who are interested in space and analog simulations or who are following the oewf channel on Twitter (@oewf). The goal is to give #MarsTweetup participants a unique opportunity to experience live a real space mission simulation, get the chance to look behind the scenes of a Mars analog field test and meet other Twitter users who are sharing the same interest. (Registration closed 8 March 2012 at 12:00 p.m CET.)

The Tweetup will be held in English and German. Tweets are welcome in any language.

@LockheedMartin F-22 Final Delivery #LMTweetup (May 1-2, 2012)

On May 2, @LockheedMartin will deliver the final F-22 Raptor to the United States Air Force, marking completion of the first-ever fleet of 5th Generation fighter jets. Join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion in aviation history with a special #LMTweetup that examines the evolution of fighter jets from first to fifth generation and culminates in the Final F-22 Delivery Ceremony. (Registration is now closed.)

First @NASASocial at @NASADryden Located on Edwards Air Force Base in California (May 4, 2012)

@NASA will host about 75 social media followers to go behind-the-scenes and learn more about NASA aeronautics projects at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center. Official hashtag: #DrydenSocial

The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. PDT and include tours and presentations on current aircraft and aeronautical research. Social media guests will receive an introduction to some of the laboratories and support services necessary for successful aeronautical and science projects. Highlights of the day-long event will include: a brief overview and history of the Dryden Flight Research Center; an opportunity to see historic aircraft such as the LLRV, M2F1, X1-E, F104, F-8 Supercritical Wing, F-8 Digital Fly-by-Wire and the SR-71 Blackbird; a unique occasion to see and learn about current aeronautic and science projects; meet NASA pilots that fly high performance, unmanned, and support aircraft; participate in a discussion of sonic booms, the causes of sonic booms and the potential to experience one; a fun-filled day to interact with people who share a passion for NASA! DrydenSocial Official Press Release. (Registration closed at noon Pacific, Wednesday, April 11.)

@NASASocial for the Launch of @SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket & Dragon Spacecraft from Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida (May 18-19+22, 2012)

This is the first attempt by a commercial company to send a spacecraft to the Space Station!

@NASA and @SpaceX will host a two-day event for 50 social media followers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was originally targeted to lift off at 12:22 p.m. EDT on April 30, on a mission to become the first commercial company in history to attempt to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. Launch was then targeted for May 19 at 4:55am EDT, but resulted in an abort at T-0.5 seconds. The next scheduled launch attempt is Tuesday, May 22nd at 3:44 a.m. Eastern.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: view a launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket; tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center; speak with representatives from both organizations; view and take photographs of the SpaceX launch pad; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of SpaceX and NASA's social media teams. Official Press Release. (Registration closed at noon Friday, April 6.)


Not picked for the NASASocial? Coming to KSC to watch? Join us to plan an #UNOFFICIALtweetup - Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/388567974499639/

@SpaceCampUSA Aviation Challenge #SCTweetup at U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama (May 18-19, 2012)

This tweetup will select 16 Twitter users who register and are following @SpaceCampUSA and @check_six. The goal of these events is to connect with other individuals who interact on Twitter that share our interest in math, science, technology, and aviation as well as the education of the next generation.

This action-packed event will include Aviation Challenge activities, Guest Speakers in the space and aviation fields, behind the scenes tours, fly in our high performance jet simulators and experience water survival techniques in our lake facilities. (Registration closed Monday, April 23 at 5pm Central.)

@ESA's #AndreTweetup featuring André Kuipers (@Astro_Andre) aboard the ISS - Held at ESTEC in Noordwijk, Netherlands (29 May 2012)

Are you following @Astro_Andre’s Twitter updates and images from space? If you could speak to him live on the International Space Station, what would you most like to ask? Now’s your chance! (Registration closed 14 April at 12:00 CET.)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting 80 followers of @Astro_Andre to join us for a SpaceTweetup, with André participating live from the International Space Station. The Tweetup will take place in English. (Official Press Release, including registration link)

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@ATKRocketNews #GEM60 Rocket Ground Test Tweetup & Tour at ATK's Facility in Utah (May 31-June 1, 2012)

Attendees will get to observe the ground test on the first day of the tweetup and attend tours of ATK's facilities on the second day.

To have an opportunity to attend the tweetup, you should be following @ATKRocketNews and @ATKOutreach, and send an email to ATK's Trina Patterson at trina.patterson@atk.com containing your Twitter handle, full legal name, and if you are a U.S. citizen. Be sure to let her know you're interested in the tweet up!

@SpaceCenterHou #Shuttlebration Weekend & Tweetup in Houston, Texas (June 1 & 3, 2012)

“Shuttlebration Weekend” begins on the afternoon of Friday, June 1, when the Space Shuttle attraction will arrive by barge at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) NASA Road 1 dock on Clear Lake near the Nassau Bay Hilton hotel. This will be the largest item to arrive at the dock since the Saturn V arrived for display in 1977.

The public is invited to a free street party between the dock and the hotel to witness and celebrate the historic arrival. The street party will include exhibits and static displays of new technologies and space vehicles that are being developed for the future of exploration, as well as local marching bands, food and entertainment.

On Saturday, June 2, the Space Shuttle attraction will be loaded onto a mobile transfer vehicle for transport to Space Center Houston. The lakeside load-out will take a full day to complete. No public events are planned.

Early in the morning on Sunday, June 3, the attraction will make a three-hour trek down NASA Parkway from the Hilton to its permanent home at Space Center Houston. It will receive a futuristic VIP escort from JSC’s prototype planetary rovers for future solar system exploration. Upon the Space Shuttle attraction’s arrival, Space Center Houston, along with the Johnson Space Center, will host a free public celebration in its parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. The family-oriented event will include more opportunities to see the Shuttle attraction up close, and to get a look at the latest ongoing developments in space exploration taking place at JSC.

There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.

@NASAJPL Public Open House #JPLOpen in Pasadena, California (June 9 & 10, 2012)

@NASAJPL invites the public to its annual Open House both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, themed "Great Journeys," will take visitors on a "ride" through the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, the NASA/JPL spacecraft currently bound for Mars; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL's machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

JPL Open House appeals to kids and adults, with plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to talk with scientists and engineers. For the first time ever, JPL invites cell phone users with text message capabilities to take part in a mobile scavenger hunt. Participants in "The Voyage" scavenger hunt can search for secret capsules hidden across JPL and unlock secret codes.

There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.

@SpaceCampUSA #SC30th Anniversary Celebration in Huntsville, Alabama (June 14-16, 2012)

Space Camp is celebrating its 30th anniversary and you're invited! @SpaceCampUSA invites all alumni, former staff, friends and their families to come home for a weekend of fun as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Space Camp!

There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.

@airandspace 's #PilotDay12 Social at NASM's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia (June 16, 2012)

Let’s get Social! Become A Pilot Day Social for twenty (20) of our social media followers invited to participate. Each participant can bring one guest. Guests must be 13 years or older. (Registration is now closed.)

Fly Aboard a Super Connie with @LockheedMartin #LM100 at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England (July 10, 2012)

In celebration of Lockheed Martin’s centennial, we’re teaming up with Breitling to bring a Lockheed Super Constellation to the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow. In addition to being on static display throughout the show, this Super Connie will once again take to the air on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 for a special centennial celebration flight over Farnborough. For a chance to win a seat aboard this once-in-a-lifetime flight, you must be a "fan" of Lockheed Martin on Facebook or follow @LockheedMartin on Twitter. NOTE: the Super Connie is having an engine replacement, so the flight has been postponed until after August 2012.

In order to enter the contest you need to share with us a photo and brief essay (250 words or less) about how aviation history influenced your path to becoming an AvGeek. We’ll then select five winners from among the entrants to join us on this invitation-only flight. Winners will also receive a trade exhibition pass for the day; lunch and access to exhibits at the Lockheed Martin chalet; and a special vantage point for the day’s FIA afternoon Flying Display. Winners will be responsible for any and all taxes, travel and lodging expenses associated with the prize. (Registration is now closed. @timmermansr was one of the winners and will live tweet about the #LM100 event at @farnborough2012 on July 10th.)

@Raytheon #meetRay Tweetup at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England (July 13, 2012)

The Tweetup will provide 50 of @Raytheon’s social media followers with exclusive access to the Farnborough International Airshow via Raytheon’s hub at Farnborough. The Farnborough International Airshow is a global event that brings together companies from the aerospace, defense, space and security sectors to showcase and demonstrate aircraft, equipment and technologies. It is one of the largest, most diverse gatherings of the international aviation community in the world.

Participants in the Raytheon Tweetup at Farnborough will have the opportunity to watch the flying displays from a private balcony with unobstructed views at the Raytheon chalet. Participants also will watch student rocketeers from France, the United Kingdom and the United States participate in the fifth annual Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge.

The Raytheon Tweetup at Farnborough will take place on Futures Day, designed to demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects have a direct impact on the real world now and in the future, through the exciting – and often loud! – atmosphere of the number one global aerospace event. (Registration is now closed.)

#Landsat @NASASocial in Washington, D.C. (July 23, 2012)

Celebrating the Longest Running Earth-observing Satellite Program, Ever (40 Years!) @NASA is hosting a day-long event for 25 social media followers at the Newseum and Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: take part in a televised NASA press conference, tour the @NASA_Landsat mission control center and satellite engineering and test facilities at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, speak to Landsat engineers and scientists, create your own Landsat image, meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media, and meet members of Landsat and NASA's social media teams. (Registration is now closed.)

@CERN #CERNTweetup at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland (July 25, 2012)

@CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is organizing its first ever tweetup to coincide with a special visit of six astronauts from @ESA and @NASA. You could be one of a handful of Twitter followers who will experience an unforgettable day. (Registration is now closed.)

- Get the chance to see behind the scenes at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.
- See the control centre of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (@AMSISS) cosmic ray detector, which was launched into space last year.
- Join the official inauguration of this control centre by the 6 astronauts that flew the detector to the International Space Station (@ISS_Research).
- Tweet from the press conference “AMS, one year in space”.
- Visit the CERN Large Hadron Collider control centre.
- Witness where the World Wide Web was born.
- Be part of an audience of CERN physicists to hear the astronauts’ stories in the Main Auditorium, sitting in the same room where the Higgs Boson results were announced on 4 July.

@NewSpaceTweetup in Silicon Valley, California (July 26-28, 2012)

In conjunction with @NewSpaceCon, the #NewSpaceTweetup brings together those interested in commercial space for an evening of geeking out and revelry.

We'll have Lego spacecraft building plus an awesome DJ show with space video! NewSpaceTweetup is sponsored by @SpaceFrontier, @YurisNight, @SpaceEmporium, @SpaceUpConf and @subtractive

There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.

@NASAKennedy 50th Anniversary @NASASocial at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida (August 2-3, 2012)

@NASA is hosting 50 social media participants at KSCVC and providing them with a unique perspective into @NASAKennedy's 50 years of launching humans and machines to other planets and into low Earth orbit. The two-day event will culminate with Kennedy's participation in NASA's first-ever multi-center simulcast to preview the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover. The simulcast will be held at the KSC Visitor Complex. (Registration is now closed.)

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: - Hear speakers from Kennedy's rich past, present and future
- Tour the historical launch pads of NASA's early days through to the present-day facilities that supported the Shuttle Program and Kennedy's transition to the future
- Participate in the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California via a six-center simulcast
- Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
- Meet members of NASA's social media teams

@MarsCuriosity @NASASocial at @NASAAmes in Silicon Valley, California
(August 3, 2012)

NASA's Ames Research Center is inviting 20 social media followers for an all-day event to commemorate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and Mars. Ames developed the “Chemistry and Mineralogy” instrument (CheMin), a definitive mineralogy instrument that will identify and characterize past or present habitable environments as recorded in sediments and rocks. Participants will interact with researchers and see facilities that have contributed to landing MSL on Mars. NASA Ames was involved in the design and testing of the heat shield technology and conducted wind tunnel testing for the spacecraft's parachute. Guests will hear from prominent astrobiologists who study the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe – including Mars – and from researchers crafting future Mars mission concepts. Additional Ames tours will feature an immersive visualization of a Mars panorama, research laboratories and other highlights of Ames' expertise in exploration, science and aeronautics research. (Registration is now closed.)

@MarsCuriosity @NASASocial at @NASA_Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio (August 3, 2012)

NASA's Glenn Research Center is inviting 30 social media followers to come and learn about the center’s current and historic contributions to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). You will see selected facilities and talk to the researchers that have been instrumental in the following elements of the MSL: rover technology, the flexible canopy parachute that will slow down the MSL in the upper atmosphere as it lands on Mars, payload fairing used for MSL launch, dust and e-field sensors, flight sensors, Air Bag Landing System, the Multi-Mission Radioactive Thermoelectric Generator that powers MSL and keeps it warm at night, and traveling Wave Tube Communications System. (Registration is now closed.)

@MarsCuriosity @NASASocial at @NASAGoddard in Greenbelt, Maryland (August 3, 2012)

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is inviting 20 social media followers to celebrate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). Goddard scientists developed the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission, which can identify a wide range of organic compounds in Martian rock and soil, and within the atmosphere. SAM will become an automated, mobile laboratory as it explores Mars' Gale crater tucked inside the Curiosity rover. Guests will be treated to a tour of the SAM Environmental Chamber and the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory. The final stop will be a tour of the Integration and Testing Facility, where spacecraft are built and tested, for a unique chance to view and learn about the James Webb Space Telescope. (Registration is now closed.)

@MarsCuriosity @NASASocial at @NASA_Johnson in Houston, Texas (August 3, 2012)

NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) is inviting 25 social media followers NASA Social guests will tour the center, visit the International Space Station mission control center, explore new technologies for the future of space science, and speak with managers, flight directors, trainers and astronauts. Scientists at the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate at JSC will discuss the key roles they play in the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission to help look for “all of the things that are necessary for life such as water organic compounds and inorganic compounds.” Guests at JSC will also have the opportunity to visit the astronaut training facilities to learn about the Astronaut program – from preparations and training for missions to items that improve long-duration missions for the astronauts such as better food while off the planet. (Registration is now closed.)


Not attending the official social but planning to be in the the area? Join the Facebook Group for the NASA Space Center Houston Rogue MSL Social and watch any meetups with the hashtag #MSL #RogueTweetup!

@MarsCuriosity @NASASocial at @NASA_Langley in Hampton, Virginia (August 3, 2012)

NASA Langley Research Center is inviting 30 social media followers to learn about the center’s contribution to Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and get behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s first field center. Experts will discuss the center’s role in the Entry, Descent and Landing phase of the mission, and the MSL Entry Descent and Landing Instrumentation (MEDLI) that will measure temperature and pressure as the spacecraft descends through the Mars atmosphere. Participants also will see MEDLI hardware, as well as tour Langley facilities. The tour will showcase past-to-present Langley, with a stop at the former Lunar Landing Research Facility where Neil Armstrong and other Apollo astronauts simulated moon landings, to the hangar housing research aircraft flying Earth science missions. – and perhaps a surprise or two along the way! (Registration is now closed.)

@MarsCuriosity Landing @NASASocial at @NASAJPL in Pasadena, California (August 3-5, 2012)

NASA will host a three-day #MSL #NASASocial for 25 of its social media followers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Lead Center for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). The NASA Social is expected to culminate in the landing of the Curiosity rover at Mars' Gale Crater. The landing is anticipated at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT August 6.

The event will provide people who engage with NASA via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks with the opportunity to tour JPL; to speak with scientists and engineers; participate in news conferences; and, if all goes as planned, to be present when first signal of the rover's landing is detected by JPL mission control. The event also will provide participants the opportunity to interact with fellow "space tweeps" and members of NASA's social media team. ( Registration is now closed.)


Not attending the official social but planning to be in the the area? Join the Facebook Group for the Mars Curiosity JPL Landing Tweetup and watch any meetups with the hashtag #MSL #RogueTweetup #RogueCA!

We created a single page cheat sheet for all 7 of NASA's Mars Curiosity NASA Socials. Follow the hashtags #MSL and #NASASocial on Twitter.

@MarsCuriosity @CSA_ASC #CSATweetup at the John H. Chapman Space Centre in Longueuil, Quebec (August 5-6, 2012)

The Maple Leaf returns to Mars as NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) – otherwise known as Curiosity – will land on Mars with Canada's APXS instrument aboard. To highlight this historic event, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is organising a special activity for members of the media during which it is also opening its doors to a limited number of tweeters. ( Registration is now closed.)

This will be a bilingual event (no simultaneous translation provided).

@CanberraDSN @MarsCuriosity Mars Landing Party at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Australia (August 6, 2012)

Managed by the CSIRO, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) is one of three tracking stations in NASA's Deep Space Network. Separated by approximately 120 degrees around the world, the stations in Canberra, Australia, Madrid, Spain and Goldstone, California, provide two-way radio contact with dozens of spacecraft across the Solar System and beyond.

On Monday, 6 August, at 3:31 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time), the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is set to receive signals from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover @MarsCuriosity as it lands on the surface of the red planet. You are invited to join us for this historic event and enjoy with other fellow space enthusiasts, the excitement and drama as the spacecraft carrying the rover enters and descends through the Martian atmosphere, and then safely lands Curiosity. We might even see the first photos from the surface!

Landing a spacecraft on Mars is not something that happens every day. Lots of people have told us that they'd like to be at the Canberra complex to watch events unfold and to be here for the landing. We are as excited as you to be a part of this historic event and want to share the drama with you. That's why we're holding a party - a Mars Landing Party!

• We are not taking bookings for this event. Attendance is on a first-come, best-seats basis • Our Visitor Centre will be open through its normal operating hours; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • The event is free of charge and there is no admission fee • The Moon Rock Café will be open all day for meals and refreshments (standard menu costs).

The program we are planning will all lead up to the 'live' TV coverage from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the 'entry, descent and landing' (EDL) of the Mars Science Laboratory 'Curiosity' rover.

NOTE: All electronic equipment capable of transmitting eg: mobile phones, wifi enabled laptops, iPads etc. MUST BE TURNED OFF or IN AIRPORT/FLIGHT MODE during your time at the Complex. Some restricted internet access may be provided in the Visitor Centre using in-house computers.

There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.

#SpaceTweeps Tweetup @MuseumofScience Evening With an Astronaut in Boston, Massachusetts (August 17, 2012)

In or near Boston on Friday, August 17? Join fellow SpaceTweeps, including the always-scintillating Stephanie @Schierholz, at the Museum of Science (@museumofscience) for their "Evening with an Astronaut" with 3-time ISS astronaut Stephen Bowen.

This is an informal tweetup! Just show up & enjoy. :) There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.
Per the museum's website, the event is "Free with Exhibit Halls admission." The program begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

@SpaceUpLA at the University of Southern California Tutor Campus Center in Los Angeles, California (August 18-19, 2012)

SpaceUp is a space unconference for people who care deeply about humanity’s future in space and want to play a part in it.

An unconference means that the attendees (read: you) decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Anyone attending SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual “hallway conversations” often turn into full-fledged topics. (Registration is now closed.)

SpaceUp LA is sponsored by @Boeing, @AIAA_news, @SpaceX, @XCOR, @ThinkGeek, Scorpius Space Launch Company & Infinite Dimensions, and it is affiliated with @SpaceUpConf.

#NASASocial for the Launch of Twin @VanAllenProbes at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (August 22-24, 2012)

@NASA will host a two-day event for 50 social media followers for the launch of NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (#RBSP) are scheduled to lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance (@ulalaunch) Atlas V rocket at 4:08 a.m. on August 23. NOTE: Launch has been delayed 24 hours. Launch is now scheduled for Friday, August 24 at 4:07 a.m. Reference Designed for a two-year primary science mission in orbit around Earth, RBSP will provide insight into our planet’s radiation belts, and help scientists predict changes in this critical region of space.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: View the launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center, Meet and interact with scientists, engineers, and other team members from NASA and the RBSP mission, Learn about NASA’s Launch Services Program and how they match spacecraft with rockets, View and take photographs of the RBSP launch pad, Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media, Meet members of NASA's social media teams.

RBSP advances our understanding of dramatic and puzzling aspects of Earth’s radiation belts. The “Van Allen Belts,” named for their discoverer, James Van Allen, are two donut-shaped regions encircling the Earth, where high-energy particles are energized by interactions with the sun and space and trapped by our planet’s magnetic field. Participants in this NASA Social will learn about the science of the belts, the challenges of designing spacecraft to operate in this harsh space environment, and how data from RBSP will help researchers understand how to better design spacecraft and protect astronauts. (Registration is now closed.)

First Spytacular Tweetup at the #obsstweetup Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas (August 25, 2012)

The SR-71 Blackbird is coming back to life at the Cosmosphere's "Operation Blackbird". We want to celebrate this amazing spy plane with our tweeps! Spytacular Tweetup participants will experience a remarkable look behind the scenes of the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center that will provide exclusive access to SR-71 Blackbird pilots, reconnaissance officers, and other crew members. IMAX aviation-themed films, a behind-the-scenes Hall of Space Museum adventure, interaction with knowledgeable Cosmosphere staff, lunch, and more await. For selected tweeps, the Spytacular activities are at no cost. ( Registration is now closed.)

DLR & ESA @SpaceTweetup #ILATweetup at ILA Berlin Air Show in Germany (September 14, 2012)

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are hosting 50 of their followers on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+ to a tweetup at the ILA Berlin Air Show. As was the case with the first European @SpaceTweetup in Cologne in September 2011, participants in the #ILAtweetup will be exposed to a variety of topics associated with European aerospace. The ILA Berlin Airshow has over 1000 exhibitors from 47 countries and an extensive flying programme. Among these exhibitors are DLR, which is presenting itself both as a research centre for the aerospace sector and as a space agency, and ESA. With the support of the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie; BDLI), DLR and ESA are presenting European space research in two venues. The ‘Space Pavilion’, a specially created exhibition hall, will be filled with fascinating displays. DLR will have its own stand showcasing its research work in the aerospace sector. The Tweetup participants will have access to both of these venues.

Planned agenda items for the #ILAtweetup include: - 'Meet the astronauts' – meeting with European astronauts - 'Meet the scientists' – exclusive discussions with scientists from DLR and ESA - Guided tour of the Space Pavilion – experience European spaceflight, including the 'Earth observation island' and the 'Robomobil' - Guided tour of the DLR stand – aerospace research to reach out and touch - Guided tour of DLR’s research aircraft - Meeting with the social media teams from DLR and ESA as well as other European ‘Spacetweeps’ - Short presentations from and Q&A sessions with scientists and project managers from DLR and ESA - On 14 September 2012, all participants in this #ILAtweetup will be able to access ILA 2012 free of charge. In addition, free WLAN Internet access, beverages and light snacks will also be provided.

The #ILAtweetup is open exclusively to users of the social media platforms Twitter, Facebook or Google+ who follow DLR and ESA channels such as @DLR_de, @DLR_en, @ESA, @ESAoperations, @ESAScience, @ESA_DE as well as other DLR and ESA channels on Facebook and Google+. The aim of this joint DLR-ESA tweetup is to give participants an exclusive insight into the world of aerospace, and congregate social media users with an interest in space travel – people who are otherwise only connected together digitally – to enable them to exchange views with one another directly.

Unofficial #SpotTheShuttle #Endeavour Tweetup at Ellington Field in Houston, TX (September 17-19, 2012)

Space Shuttle Endeavour, carried atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is expected to visit Houston Sept. 17-19, weather permitting, and be available for public viewing and media access on its way to permanent display in Los Angeles.

The carrier aircraft with Endeavour will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various areas of Houston, Clear Lake and Galveston following its sunrise departure Monday, Sept. 17 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Endeavour will be on its way to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be placed on permanent display.

The Texas Gulf Coast region flyover, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, is scheduled to occur between approximately 9 and 10:30 a.m. CDT. The aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the greater Houston area. Some of those include the three major airports - George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby and Ellington – as well as the downtown skyline, and the San Jacinto Monument. Prior to landing at Ellington, the SCA/Endeavour combination will navigate a flyover of the Johnson Space Center area as well.

Landing at Ellington is scheduled for approximately 10:45 am with final positioning near the NASA Hangar 990 pedestrian gate. Public viewing within about 100 feet of the vehicle will begin 30 minutes after it is parked and safed by ground personnel. Viewing will continue until 7 p.m. Airport gates will reopen to the public from 8 am until 7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 18. Endeavour's departure from Ellington is planned for approximately sunrise on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.

Endeavour @NASASocial at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California (September 19-21, 2012)

@NASA will host an event for 40 of its social media followers to welcome Space Shuttle Endeavour to Southern California, where Endeavour is expected to arrive at Dryden on Sept. 19 and depart Sept. 20 for Los Angeles International Airport, where it will remain in a hangar until its transfer in October to a permanent home at the California Science Center (@CAsciencecenter).

#NASASocial guests will have a rare opportunity to see the landing and departure of Endeavour as it rides piggyback on NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Participants also will speak with experts, tour shuttle support vehicles and other NASA aircraft, and interact with fellow NASA social media followers, space enthusiasts and members of NASA's social media team. ( Registration is now closed.)

During the two-day event, NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: - View the landing and departure of Endeavour as it rides piggyback on NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft - Tour shuttle support vehicles and other NASA aircraft - Interact with fellow NASA social media followers, space enthusiasts and members of NASA's social media team. - View and take photographs of Endeavour as it lands, stages and departs for Los Angeles


@NASAAmes #SpotTheShuttle #Endeavour Public Event at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA (September 21, 2012)

Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to visit northern California with a low-level flyover of NASA Ames Research Center before flying to Los Angeles to be permanently installed at the California Science Center. The approximate time for the flyover is between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.

To commemorate this event celebrating NASA Ames' contributions to the Space Shuttle Program, the center will be holding a public event at the Moffett Federal Airfield, starting at 6:00 a.m. The schedule of events is: - 6 a.m.: Doors open; food trucks available - 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Visit booths about Ames contributions to the Space Shuttle Program - 8:30 a.m.: Welcome by Ames Center Director S. Pete Pete Worden and Special Guest Speaker - 9 a.m.: Countdown to flyover

Everyone can attend, but if you plan to drive, you must register for a parking pass: Register here.

@NASA_Langley Open House at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia (September 22, 2012)

Meet an astronaut (Anna Fisher) and watch a space capsule splash-tested. Check out more than a dozen NASA labs, and see where the original astronauts practiced landing on the moon. All that and more is on the agenda for NASA Langley Research Center's pubic open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Visitors will see the latest Langley science and technology, talk with researchers and take part in hands-on activities.

The open house is in celebration of Langley's 95th anniversary as the nation's first civilian aeronautics lab, opened in 1917, and later the birthplace of the U.S. space program.

Today's Langley is helping develop spacecraft to send humans beyond Earth orbit; working on technologies to make aircraft safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly, and studying Earth's atmosphere to better understand and protect our planet.

Most recently, NASA Langley engineers were on the team that landed the Curiosity rover on Mars.

Buses will be provided to take visitors to tour stops. The event is free. Visitors should enter through the main gate on Commander Shepard Boulevard in Hampton.

NOTE: If you plan to visit, please wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes. Vehicles and people entering are subject to search. Not allowed are weapons, shoulder bags except for women's purses and infant diaper bags, coolers, alcoholic beverages, or computers. The GPS coordinates for NASA Langley are 37° 5' 9" N, 76° 22' 50" W

There is no registration/sign-up -- everyone can attend.

@SpaceUpEU in Genk, Belgium (September 22-23, 2012)

Please join us to meet and discuss the present and future of global space exploration with a European twist! We are looking forward to meeting space professionals and enthusiasts from all over Europe (and beyond) on this side of the Atlantic!

Being in Belgium, we will make sure to include the good culinary traditions of the country in our event.

SpaceUp Europe is endorsed by @ESA and @DLR_en and affiliated with @SpaceUpConf.

Follow us at @SpaceUpEU, SpaceUp Europe on Google+ or SpaceUp Europe on Facebook to get the latest news!

@WorldSpaceWeek #WSWTweetup in Naples, Italy & ONLINE (October 4, 2012)

The World Space Week Association announces a World Space Week tweet-up on October 4, 2012 at the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy.

The tweetup begins at 1800 local time, 2000 GMT.

Guest speakers include Apollo astronaut @TheRealBuzz (Buzz Aldrin) and Bill Nye @TheScienceGuy. Please spread the word and join us, either in person or on Twitter.

If you are attending IAC, please also visit the Heinlein Prize Trust stand during the IAC exhibition to get World Space Week information, posters, and teacher guides.

Follow @WorldSpaceWeek on Twitter -- #WSW2012

  • There is no registration/sign-up for the tweetup -- everyone can attend virtually.

@NASASocial Media Credentials for @SpaceX CRS-1 Launch
from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (October 7, 2012)

At designated events, @NASA will provide media credentials to social networking users who will actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate NASA news and information on digital media platforms.

SpaceX CRS-1 Launch (LAUNCH TIME: Sun Oct 7, 2012 8:35pm EDT)

NASA is offering social media accreditation for the upcoming @SpaceX launch. International social media users without U.S. citizenship must apply for credentials to cover the prelaunch and launch activities by Wednesday, September 26. For U.S. social media, the deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 3 (but applications filled up as of September 26 and no more applications are being accepted per @NASASocial.) (Additional Information) Media Accreditation Applications are no longer being accepted.

Unofficial #Endeavour Tweetup in Los Angeles, CA (October 12-13, 2012)

This is a placeholder for events and activities yet to be planned coinciding with the parade and delivery of Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center (@CAScienceCenter).


@NASASocial at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California (October 15, 2012)

NASA will host a #NASASocial event for 65 of its social media followers at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California's Mojave Desert. From the first planetary encounters, the first human landing on the moon, to missions that reach the farthest points in our solar system, Goldstone has been there to bring home the critical data, images, and science. The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is one of three Deep Space Network (DSN) complexes around the world. The complex was established to provide the ability to communicate with spacecraft, not only in orbit around the earth, but also in the farther reaches of our solar system. ( Registration is now closed.)

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: - Tour the Goldstone Complex
- Travel to Apollo Valley to see the historic Apollo antenna and the 34 meter Beam Waveguide Cluster antennas
- Take a trip to Mars Valley, home of the large 70 meter Mars antenna (230-ft dish), the 34 meter Uranus antenna and Signal Processing Center 10, the Spacecraft Operations Control Center
- Meet and interact with scientists, engineers, and other team members from NASA and Goldstone
- Learn about the historical significance of Goldstone and its part of the Deep Space Network (DSN), the missions supported and what makes Goldstone unique within the DSN.
- View and take photographs of the complex
- Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
- Meet members of NASA's social media teams

#Atlantis #NASASocial at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida (November 1-2, 2012)

@NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (@ExploreSpaceKSC) will host a two-day #NASASocial for 28 45 of their social media followers. Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey will commemorate the move of space shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy to its final destination for permanent display at KSC’s Visitor Complex on Friday, Nov. 2. The event will highlight the past, present and future of space exploration while marking the successful completion of the Space Shuttle Program.

@NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to: take a special "hard hat tour" of the new Atlantis Exhibit building; witness the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis at Space Florida’s Exploration Park and see Atlantis on the final leg of its 10-mile journey entering the new orbiter home at the KSC Visitor Complex; participate in a half-day celebration at the Exploration Park, where Atlantis will take center stage for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. See featured space flight hardware and other launch support vehicles from the past, present and future of space exploration and listen to presentations honoring the Space Shuttle Program; tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center to learn about NASA’s current and future programs; experience a host of interactive activities and exhibits from NASA Centers around the country, and discover the latest exhibits at the KSC Visitor Complex; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of NASA’s social media team. (Registration is now closed.)

@MuseumofFlight #ShuttleTrainer Tweetup at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington (November 8, 2012)

Join Seattle's Museum of Flight in celebrating the Grand Opening of their Space Shuttle Trainer which opens to the public on November 10.

Tweetup participants will tour the Space Shuttle Trainer before the November 10 public Grand Opening. Join the Museum's experts to learn all about this exciting new exhibit.

Follow @MuseumofFlight on Twitter for more information. Snacks and drinks provided! (Registration is now closed.)

@Raytheon #HT4H #meetRay Tweetup at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts
(November 11, 2012)

@Raytheon will invite 20 of its Twitter followers to participate in a day of activities honoring our nation’s veterans. The Tweetup will provide Raytheon’s social media followers the opportunity to join the company in special activities to recognize our nation’s servicemen and women.

Raytheon believes in its responsibility to give back to those who demonstrate every day their commitment to protect our country. As part of the company's armed services support program, Raytheon commits resources toward veteran employment programs; volunteerism and giving among employees; and sponsorship of key programs. Veterans Day and the month of November provide a fitting opportunity to recognize these everyday heroes.

Raytheon will be recognizing 150 veterans and their families at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 11. Twenty of @Raytheon’s followers will be invited to join the company in honoring the veterans and attending the game, in which the New England Patriots will take on the Buffalo Bills.

Participants will learn more about Raytheon and its capabilities across air, land, sea, space and cyber. They will meet the company’s digital team and learn how they use social media to connect and engage. They will talk with Raytheon’s Robert Curbeam, Jr., a retired US Navy captain and former NASA astronaut, about his work and the company’s commitment to those in uniform; hear from the community relations team about the breadth of Raytheon’s corporate social responsibility initiatives; and explore the Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.

Anyone can follow along with all the activities using the hashtags #meetRay and #HT4H and following @Raytheon. Raytheon ran a social media campaign called Hashtags for Heroes, the genesis of the #HT4H hashtag during Military Appreciation Month in May. (Registration is now closed.)

#MathAlive #SCTweetup at @RocketCenterUSA with @SpaceCampUSA & @Raytheon in Huntsville, Alabama (November 12, 2012)

Featuring special access to the traveling @MathMovesU MathAlive exhibit sponsored by @Raytheon which is at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center from September 29, 2012 until February 3, 2013. ( Registration is now closed.)

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@EclipseTweetup in Cairns, Australia (November 13, 2012)

This is an informal, #SpaceTweeps community-organized tweetup for the Total Solar Eclipse of November 13, 2012.

@SpaceUpPL SpaceUp Poland in Warsaw, Poland - 24-25 November 2012

Warsaw invites you to participate in another great event during the weekend of 24-25 November and discuss all the topics you want with other ‘space freaks’! Traditional and local food with the atmosphere of the capital of the country will provide a great background for this unconference. Inspiring presentations and talks will ensure an unforgettable #SpaceUp unconference in Poland!

We are looking forward to meet enthusiasts from all over the world. You are more than welcome to join us in Warsaw to help spread the ‘space virus’ in Poland, which is going to be a new member of the European Space Agency next year. This happy fact will be a key topic of some of the SpaceUp Poland talks.

Most of the presentations will be in English, although some will be in Polish.

@AstroAcaba #NASASocial at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2012)

@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.)

@theAGU @NASASocial at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012 #AGU12 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA (December 4, 2012)

@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.)


Events in 2011

Ames Planet Finders Tweetup - Feb. 11, 2011

STS133 Tweetup - Feb. 24, 2011 (continued from Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2010)

Schedule:

  • 1:00 p.m. – Welcome and introductions by @NASA team member John Yembrick
  • 1:05 p.m. – Welcome video from Nicole Stott (@Astro_Nicole)
  • 1:10 p.m. – Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • 1:30 p.m. – Stephanie Stilson, NASA Discovery flow director, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate, Kennedy Space Center
  • 2:00 p.m. – Jason Goldman (@goldman), vice president of Product, Twitter
  • 2:20 p.m. – Astronaut Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron)
  • 2:45 p.m. – Demonstrations (Group 1 – Robonaut 2 in Press Site auditorium; Group 2 – ACES suit demo in the Tweetup tent)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Demonstrations (Group 1 – ACES suit demo in the Tweetup tent; Group 2 – Robonaut 2 in Press Site auditorium)

@Astro_Wheels Tweetup - Mar. 16, 2011

Sun Earth Day Tweetup - Mar 19, 2011

Held at @NASAGoddard in Maryland and @NASM (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum) in DC.

Blog posts and media:

STS-134 KSC Tweetup (Apr. 28-29 & May 16, 2011)

JPL Tweetup (June 6, 2011)

STS135 Tweetup (July 7-8, 2011)

JSC STS135 Tweetup (July 19, 2011)

STS135 Landing Tweetup (July 21, 2011)

Juno Tweetup (Aug. 4-5, 2011)

GRAIL Tweetup - Kennedy Space Center, FL (Sept. 7-8, 2011)

ATK #DM3 Tweetup (Sept. 8, 2011)

See results of test at this link.

  1. DM3 tweetup for the five-segment ground test at Promontory, Utah.

For more info, see here: Spacetweepsociety blog post NASA press release on event

#SpaceTweetup in Cologne, Germany (Sept. 18, 2011)

This was the first European Space Tweetup, sponsored by DLR & the European Space Agency (ESA). They've setup their own wiki for all the info: SpaceTweetup Wiki. Some info:

#CNESTweetup in France (Sept. 21, 2011)

Web article (french): http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-fr/9536-decollage-d-ariane-c-est-vous-qui-en-parlez-le-mieux-.php

English article run through Google translate: http://goo.gl/73qoj

  • About: Evening tweetup (soirée) organized by French Space Agency CNES at the Launcher Directorate in Evry (just outside of Paris) on 21 September 2011. This facility is the backup launch control center for the actual launch, which is in Kourou (French Guyana). CNES invited 12 tweeps to attend the launch of Ariane 5 flight VA204, carrying Arabsat-5C and SES-2 satellites into a geostationary orbit. The launch (and tweetup) was delayed by 24 hours after a weather radar operator strike at the Guyana launch site on September 20 Newspaper article
  • Program of the evening from 7pm: Welcome with drinks and snacks; Presentation and discussion with 6 CNES rocket and project engineers about Ariane 5 and 6; Visit the control room; Q&A; Meet CNES President Yannick d'Escatha; Watch launch from VIP room; Post-launch Champagne Buffet with launch control crew and engineers
  • Twitter list with all attendees

#SpaceTweetup at ESTEC (Oct. 9, 2011)

Organized by @ESA_nl and @esascience at ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

EndeavourLA Launch Tweetup, LA (Oct. 11, 2011)

Organized by @CAScienceCenter, Los Angeles, CA

STS135 NASATweetup at NASA HQ - Washington, DC (Oct. 13, 2011)

With @Astro_Sandy and @Astro_Ferg

NASATweetup at @NASAAmes to see @SOFIATelescope - Moffett Field, CA (Oct. 14, 2011)

NASATweetup at @NASA_Wallops - Wallops Island, VA (Oct. 21, 2011)

NASATweetup at Vandenberg AFB for the @NASANPP Launch - Lompoc, CA (Oct. 27-28, 2011)

NASATweetup at @NASA_Langley / Langley Research Center - Hampton, VA (Nov. 8, 2011)

NASATweetup for the Launch of Mars Science Laboratory / @MarsCuriosity Rover - Kennedy Space Center, FL (November 25 & 26*, 2011)

CSIROTweetup for the launch of @MarsCuriosity - Canberra NASA Deep Space Communication Complex, Australia (November 25-26, 2011)

  • This will be a 24-hour tweetup for Curiosity launch (launch window opens 11/26 at 2:21am AEDT) and a tour of NASA's Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex. This is the first tweetup in Australia and the first tweetup in Earth's Southern Hemisphere!
  • Registration is open to followers of @CSIROnews and @CanberraDSN. Other restrictions may apply, so see the tweetup website for details and registration.

Events in 2010

KSC SDO Launch Tweetup - Feb. 11, 2010

STS-130 JSC Tweetup - Feb. 17, 2010

First tweetup at JSC

Earth Day Tweetup - Apr. 18, 2010

SDO First Light Tweetup - May 3, 2010

STS-132 Launch Tweetup - May 13-14, 2010

STS132 JSC Tweetup - May 19, 2010

  • Speakers at Space Center Houston

@Astro_Ron (Answered Questions by Tweet)
Talat Hussain (Boeing) Presented on TDRS
Ellen Ochoa, Deputy JSC Director and Former Astronaut
@Astro_Jeff

Speaker at MCC
@Carbon Flight

Hosts at Space Vehicle Mockup Facility
@Astro_Clay, and Astronauts Steve Robinson and David Leestma

Astronauts who participated in the After Event at Chelsea
@ShuttleCDRKelly, @StationCDRKelly, @AstroCoastie, Steve Robinson

JSC Ambassadors
@absolutspacegrl @txflygirl @lucied_inthesky @GodspeedDiscovry @amikokauderer

NASA HQ Folks
@schierholz @yembrick @bethbeck

@Astro_TJ Tweetup - July 29, 2010

Goddard Tour & Tweet - Oct. 27, 2010

October 27, 2010, Goddard Space Flight Center
12 Tweeters toured the spacecraft testing facilities and cleanroom led by Goddard PAO (Senior Protocol Officer) Nina Harris. Included a Science on a Sphere presentation by former NASA Chief Scientist, Dr. James B. Garvin.

STS133 Tweetup - Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2010 (reconvened for launch Feb. 24, 2011)

Schedule:

  • 1:00 p.m. – Welcome and introductions by @NASA team member John Yembrick
  • 1:05 p.m. – Welcome video from Nicole Stott (@Astro_Nicole)
  • 1:10 p.m. – Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • 1:30 p.m. – Stephanie Stilson, NASA Discovery flow director, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate, Kennedy Space Center
  • 2:00 p.m. – Jason Goldman (@goldman), vice president of Product, Twitter
  • 2:20 p.m. – Astronaut Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron)
  • 2:45 p.m. – Demonstrations (Group 1 – Robonaut 2 in Press Site auditorium; Group 2 – ACES suit demo in the Tweetup tent)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Demonstrations (Group 1 – ACES suit demo in the Tweetup tent; Group 2 – Robonaut 2 in Press Site auditorium)

Events in 2009

JPL Tweetup - Jan. 21, 2009

with @MarsPhoenix's @VeronicaMcG

First NASA tweetup.
First tweetup at JPL.

STS-125 Crew at NASA HQ in Washington, D.C. - July 21, 2009

with @Astro_Mike & rest of the STS-125 crew

STS-127 Crew at NASA HQ in Washington, D.C. - Sept. 24, 2009

with @Astro_127 & the rest of the STS-127 crew

  • TBA

ISS Crew Tweetup - NASA HQ in Washington, D.C. - Oct. 21, 2009

STS-129 Launch Tweetup - Nov. 15-16, 2009

First Launch Tweetup.
First 2-day event.

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