NASA To Give Social Media Followers Rare Opportunity
By Space Coast Daily // December 28, 2013
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NASA.gov — NASA will give 50 of its social media followers an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to see a launch in-person.
The NASA Social, scheduled for Jan. 23 to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-L), 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.
TDRS-L is targeted to launch at 9:05 p.m. EST Jan. 23 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
Registration for the NASA Social opens on this page on Friday, Dec. 27 and closes at 3 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 6. Participants will be selected from online registrations. Because portions of this event may take place in restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.
SOCIAL PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:
• View the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying TDRS-L
• Hear first-hand accounts of the mission development and research goals from the TDRS-L science and engineering teams from NASA Kennedy, Goddard and other organizations
• Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station(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
• Tour of Launch Pad 39B
• Tour of United Launch Alliance Launch Complex 41Meet 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
WHAT IS NASA SOCIAL?
A NASA Social is an informal meeting of people who use social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Participants at this event will be provided a unique in-person experience with NASA, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social network.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Registration for the NASA Social opens on this page on Friday, Dec. 27 and closes at 3 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 6. Participants will be randomly selected from online registrations. Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.
DO I NEED TO HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT TO REGISTER?
Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow NASA on Twitter (@NASA, @NASASocial, @NASAGoddard,@ExploreSpaceKSC, @NASAKennedy, @NASA_LSP), Facebook (NASA, NASA Kennedy, NASA Goddard and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) or Google+ (NASA, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex).
The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration. Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #NASASocial and #TDRS. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASAKennedy, @NASAGoddard, @NASA_LSP and @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.
If you are not a regular user of social media and just want to see a spacecraft launch, NASA offers other ways to experience a launch.