NASA Hosts Social Media Event at MAVEN Launch

By  //  September 20, 2013


ABOVE VIDEO: When you take a look at Mars, you probably wouldn’t think that it looks like a nice place to live. It’s dry, it’s dusty, and there’s practically no atmosphere. But some scientists think that Mars may have once looked like a much nicer place to live, with a thicker atmosphere, cloudy skies, and possibly even liquid water flowing over the surface. So how do you go from something like this–to something like this? NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft will give us a clearer idea of how Mars lost its atmosphere, and scientists think that several processes have had an impact. – NASA will give 150 of its social media followers an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see a launch in-person.

Artist Concept of the MAVEN Spacecraft ( image)
Artist Concept of the MAVEN Spacecraft ( image)

The NASA Social, scheduled for Nov 16 and 18 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), will be held at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.

MAVEN is targeted to launch at 1:27 p.m. EST Nov 18 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Registration for the NASA Social opens at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 17 and closes at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Participants will be selected from online registrations.

International guests selected to attend the social will be required to submit a scanned copy of their visa and passport. Green card holders will be required to submit a scanned copy of their card.


• View the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying MAVEN

• Hear first-hand accounts of the mission development and research goals from the MAVEN science and engineering teams from NASA Kennedy, Goddard and other organizations

(Note: All sites on KSC / CCAFS are subject to closure due to mission or operation requirements), including potential opportunities to:

• Inside look of Vehicle Assembly Building

• View the Atlas V launch pad

• Launch Control Center

• Meet and interact with representatives from NASA and other organizations.

• Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media

• Meet members of NASA’s social media team