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Welcome Space Tweeps / Space Geeks!

This is a community-owned and community-managed wiki site for NASA and other space-related Socials/Tweetups.* If you are unfamiliar with what a NASA or space tweetup is, the Wikipedia page (separate site) is a great starting place. This wiki's purpose is to help curate the experience of attending a tweetup—the participants, blog posts, images, and video related to such an event. The site's goal is to serve as a centralized resource for the community. It is easy to edit and contribute to this wiki. You can simply log in with your Twitter account (using OAuth)—all Twitter users already have access!

The official twitter account for this site is @TweetupSpace.

* NOTE: this is a community site and is not run or affiliated with NASA, any other space agency, or company. If you have more questions, please contact one of these folks.

Currently Open for Registration

#ISDC2015 International Space Development Conference at Hyatt Regency - Downtown in Toronto, Ontario (May 14-18, 2015)

Join #ISDC2015 as we highlight the advocates, educators, entrepreneurs and experts collecting the “bucks” for the next generation of “Buck Rogers” who are busy creating our Next Breakthrough Space Technologies.

The annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the keynote event of the National Space Society (NSS), a gathering of members of the space advocacy community from the US and throughout the world.

The 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2015) will be held in Toronto, Ontario from May 20th – 24th, 2015.

The local organizing committee for the event is the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA), a registered Canadian not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to advancing the economic, legal and political environment for space focused companies.

What's Next?

@SpaceX CRS-5 #NASASocial at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (December 18-19, 2014)

Social media users are invited to apply for credentials to attend the targeted December 9 launch of Space Exploration Technologies (@SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket, with the next cargo resupply to the International Space Station (@Space_Station). If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you. Take the opportunity to be on the front line to blog, tweet or Instagram everything about SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply mission to the space station. The rocket will deliver several tons of supplies, including new science experiments and technology research. We invite you to the launch targeted for December 19, 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 this two-day event on December 8 & 9 and will be given the same access as news media in an effort to align the experience of social media representatives with those of the news media.

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 @NASA and @SpaceX; 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 (@NASASocial).


Registration NOT YET Open...

#SpaceFestVII at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona (June 8-12, 2016)

@Spacefest is the event for space enthusiasts of any stripe: Astronomy, Manned Space Exploration, Robotic Space Exploration, Commercial Space Development or Space History Enthusiast. For the Professional and Amateur, since 2007.

Canceled or Postponed

#SamanthaTweetup for the Soyuz Launch of Samantha Cristoforetti & her Expedition 42 crewmates from Baikonur Cosmodrome (Late November 2014)

Are you ready for the most remote space tweetup ever? Follow a couple dozen SpaceTweeps who are traveling to Baikonur Cosmodrome for #SamanthaTweetup in late November 2014! Three new Space Station crewmembers, Samantha Cristoforetti, Anton Shkaplerov and Terry Virts launch May 28, 2014.

NOTE: This event has been canceled due to an inability to secure permission to visit Baikonur. Update from trip organizer, Remco Timmermans (@timmermansr)

#Budget #NASASocial at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (@NASAGoddard) in Greenbelt, Maryland (March 4, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for up to 20 credentials to cover the budget news conference announcing NASA’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request at 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (@NASAGoddard).

The event will include opportunities to participate alongside media representatives in NASA's news conference outlining the budget. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Prior to the news conference, accredited social media members will be invited to join members of the media for a tour of NASA Goddard in the morning, including the world-class spacecraft integration and test facilities. These facilities ensure that satellite and instrument hardware successfully survive the rigors of launch and space.

The tour will also show the world's largest clean room where the massive James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, is being constructed. JWST is the world’s next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will launch later this decade.

There will also be a private viewing of NASA Goddard's 'Science on a Sphere' - a 360-degree visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data on the outside of a suspended, 6-foot diameter, white sphere. Four strategically placed projectors work in unison to coat the sphere with data such as "3-D surface of the Earth and Nighttime Lights," "Moon and Mars" and "X-ray Sun."

What Just Happened?

#FlyNASA #NASASocial at Armstrong Flight Research Center @NASAArmstrong in California (November 18-19, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to participate in a two-day event highlighting the ways NASA is with you when you fly. The NASA Social is November 18 and 19 at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.

Did you know most aircraft flying today, and every process in air traffic management, contains a NASA-supported technology? This @NASASocial event will give guests an opportunity to learn more about the agency’s contributions to aviation, which stretch back nearly a century. Event participants will receive an exclusive look at the latest tools and technologies being developed to improve the efficiency, safety and adaptability of air transportation. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions of aircraft crew, pilots and scientists involved in the flight research process.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: tour hangars housing various science, test and unmanned aircraft; learn about cutting edge aeronautical technology development such as the Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System; be briefed on NASA Armstrong’s latest aeronautics test projects, including the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flexible wing flap project; meet an aerodynamics expert in the Flow Visualization Lab; visit the Sub-Scale Aircraft Shop, where scale concepts come to life; tour the Experimental Fabrication Machine Shop; speak with pilots and flight engineers; participate in an interactive flight suit demonstration;

Gateway to Space Conference 2014 at Crowne Plaza Hotel – Downtown in St. Louis, Missouri (November 7-9, 2014)

The St. Louis Space Frontier is a chapter of the National Space Society'. They're a new chapter, but are wasting no time – they're holding Gateway to Space, a regional space development conference along the lines of the International Space Development Conference, in St. Louis this fall.

St. Louis is the perfect location for a conference on space since it holds such a unique place in the history of space and exploration and is an aerospace hub that features prominently in supporting current and future space missions – including the Mars Curiosity rover and all of Boeing’s activities in space, as the headquarters of Boeing’s space and defense divisions (formerly known as McDonnell Douglas).

And since 2014 is the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis and the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, what better time than now to celebrate St. Louis’s past – and future – in space?

And who knows what’s next? Join us! For more information about the St. Louis Space Frontier, the National Space Society or to ask to be notified when registration opens for the Gateway to Space Conference 2014, email stlspacefrontier(at)gmail.com.

#Orb3 #NASASocial Media Accreditation for Cygnus CRS Orb-3 Launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (@NASA_Wallops) in Virginia (October 26-27, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to cover the launch for the next flight of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares Rocket, currently targeted for 9:29 p.m. EDT, October 20, from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A maximum of 50 active social media users will be selected to attend the two-day event 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. For U.S. citizens active on social media, the deadline to apply is October 2, 2014. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

@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 Corporation; tour Wallops Flight Facility (@NASA_Wallops); meet students who have designed payloads for this mission; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of the @NASASocial media teams.

#Ames75 #NASASocial at NASA's NASA Ames Research Center (@NASAAmes) in Mountain View, California (October 17-18, 2014)

@NASAAmes is inviting social media users to apply for credentials for NASA Ames Research Center’s Open House in honor of the center’s 75th Anniversary. Selectees will gain early access to the center on Friday, October 17, the day before the Open House, as well as credentialed social media access for the day of the event on Saturday, October 18.

Selected social media users will be given access to briefings and tours of a few backstage pass sites the day before the Open House. Backstage passes allow a limited number of Open House attendees to tour "behind the scenes" and see inside certain research facilities, guided by Ames scientists and engineers. Though most research groups at the center will have explanatory booths set up along the walking tour in front of their buildings, most labs inside the buildings are very small, so capacities are extremely limited, and these passes will be the only opportunity to see the interior facilities.

A maximum of 25 social media users will be selected to attend the preparation day on Oct. 17, and the official event on Oct. 18. Selected social media users will be given the same access as news media.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Gain early access to view the preparation of the Ames campus that will host more than 120,000 guests the following day; early access to chosen backstage pass sites the day before the Open House; learn about the displays that will be presented to the public; have access to a special seating area with Wi-Fi on the day of the event; find out how to get involved with Ames and its missions; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of NASA's social media teams.

@NASAAmes #Ames75 Open House (FREE!) at NASA's NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California (October 18, 2014)

You’ve sat on our their lawn, maybe even hung out on the flightline. Now, for the first time since 1997, NASA Ames Research Center is opening their house.

For their 75th anniversary, we're inviting all of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to come inside the gates and get to know NASA's center in Silicon Valley. Take a two-mile walking tour through the center and visit with @NASAAmes engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, join others on the plaza to learn about their missions. Food, drinks and NASA gift shop merchandise will be on sale. This is a family-friendly event, and children's educational activities will be offered.

UPDATE from @NASAAmes: We are overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm for this event -- quite literally! 120,000 tickets were reserved in less than three days! Unfortunately, this reaches our current planning capacity for the size of event we were considering.​ We apologize that there are no additional tickets available at this time. However, we are assessing the possibility of expanding the event. If you would like to know if we release additional tickets, please subscribe to our general community events email list. We will announce any further general admission ticket releases there first.

Additionally, a very very small number of "backstage passes" for tours will be released each Thursday at noon from now until the Open House on Oct. 18. Those passes will also be honored for general admission entry to the open house any time 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

#MagRecon @NASA_MMS #NASASocial at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (October 17, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for a maximum of 25 media NASA Social credentials to cover the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (@NASA_MMS) media day event scheduled for Friday, October 17, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

@NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to join members of the news media to see the four identically-outfitted MMS spacecraft and tour some of @NASAGoddard’s state-of-the-art facilities, including our Integration and Test Facility where MMS is being readied for launch, the Magnetic Test Facility that simulates magnetic field environments, our 15-screen hyperwall and Goddard's Community Coordinate Modeling Center (Space Weather Lab). Media and Social media attendees may also see a life-size MMS spacecraft model built by students in West Virginia.

Participants 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.

#MarsComet #NASASocial at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL) in Pasadena, California (October 13, 2014)

Social media users are invited to apply for one of up to 50 credentials to attend a one-day NASA Social on October 13, 2014, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The NASA Social will highlight two upcoming comet events: the close flyby of Mars by Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on October 19, and the European Space Agency’s on-going Rosetta mission including the planned landing of the Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in mid-November.

@NASASocial participants will spend the day at @JPL inside the "mission control" of NASA’s Deep Space Network, where engineers communicate with spacecraft across the solar system.

Participants will have the opportunity to: Interact with scientists and engineers on the Rosetta mission as they discuss the goals and challenges of this first-of-its kind mission. Rosetta carries four NASA instruments that will study the comet as it travels through the inner solar system; interact with the scientists and engineers from several Mars missions as they discuss Comet Siding Spring and the efforts underway to study the comet and protect our Mars spacecraft from the expected dust tail; engage in hands-on demonstrations; get a behind-the-scenes tour of JPL; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; interact with members of @NASA’s social media team.

@NASASocial participants and their friends and family are also welcome to attend the annual JPL Open House, which takes place on Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12. The free public event, themed “Welcome to Our Universe,” will include exhibits and demonstrations from numerous space missions. An interactive art installation inspired by comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will also be on display.

@NASAJPL Open House #JPLOpen (FREE!) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California (October 11-12, 2014)

@NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites the public to its annual Open House October 11-12 at 9 a.m to 4.p.m. The event, themed “Welcome to Our Universe,” will take visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, 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.

The Earth Science Center will show 3-D videos of our home planet and JPL’s Earth science missions. Upon entering, visitors will pass an Earth globe with data from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites projected onto the sphere.

JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California, 91109. Admission to Open House is free. Parking is also free, but is limited. To get to JPL, take the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive exit from the 210 Freeway in La Canada/Flintridge. All visitors should wear comfortable shoes --no buses will be provided from JPL parking lots. JPL will provide vans for mobility-challenged guests.

Vehicles and items carried by persons entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection by Officers at the entry checkpoints. The following items are prohibited at NASA/JPL: All weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, all types of skates including skateboards, Segways and bicycles. Large bags, backpacks or ice chests are not permitted into the event, except small purses and diaper bags.

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@CSA_ASC Amazing Canadian Space Race #CSATweetup with @Astro_Jeremy & @Astro_DavidS at Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada (September 30, 2014)

It is well known that astronauts are good team players. But they also enjoy a healthy dose of competition! On September 30th, Canadian Space Agency astronauts Jeremy Hansen (@Astro_Jeremy) and David Saint-Jacques (@Astro_DavidS) will go head to head in a thrilling space race that will bring them to space organizations around Toronto. With the help of their respective team of #SpaceTweeps, they will solve riddles, navigate through obstacle courses and space-themed challenges. Lasers and robots are on the menu! Media are also invited to the take part in this adventure.

The race will start at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, home of the 65th International Astronautical Congress, the world's premier space event taking place in Toronto from September 29 to October 3, 2014. The Congress theme "Our World Needs Space" will promote an exploration of the relationship between Earth and space and the ways that space activities help to meet our needs on Earth.

IMPORTANT NOTICES:
Due to the unusual nature of this activity, which will be fast-paced and will involve running, a lot of walking and/or physical challenges, we strongly suggest that only individuals in good physical condition apply.

Participants should note that this event will take place mainly in English (no simultaneous translation provided by organizations involved). However, our astronauts and CSA representatives are available to answer questions in French.

For logistical reasons, the event will not be webcast. We invite you to follow along on our homepage and on Twitter via #CSATweetup.

@MAVEN2Mars #NASASocial in Denver, Colorado (September 21, 2014)

@NASA, @LockheedMartin and the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) invite 25 social media followers of NASA's MAVEN mission to attend a NASA Social event in Denver, Colorado, that culminates in the spacecraft's planned arrival at Mars.

This one-day @NASASocial on Sunday, September 21, 2014, includes behind-the-scenes tours of the facilities at LASP and Lockheed Martin as well as presentations on NASA activities by scientists and engineers from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the University of Colorado.

Once in orbit around the Red Planet, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft will explore how the Red Planet may have lost its atmosphere over billions of years. By analyzing the planet's upper atmosphere and measuring current rates of atmospheric loss, MAVEN scientists hope to understand how Mars transitioned from a warm, wet planet to the cold, desert world we see today.

But before the science data can flow back to Earth, MAVEN must get itself into place around the Red Planet. To achieve this orbit insertion, MAVEN will fire its six thrusters, slowing the spacecraft enough so the gravity of Mars pulls it into orbit. NASA Social attendees will experience this orbit insertion at the Lockheed Martin facility in Denver on Sunday evening.

@SpaceX CRS-4 #NASASocial at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (September 19, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend the September 19 launch for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (@SpaceX). Photographer on Instagram? Come photograph the launch. Prolific tweeter? Come live tweet the event. Long read writer on your blog? Come write about NASA. We invite you to the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, targeted to liftoff at 2:14 a.m. ET September 20, 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 two-day event on September 18 & 19 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.

@NASASocial 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 NASA and SpaceX; 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.

@NASA_SLS #NASASocial at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana & Stennis Space Center near Bay St Louis, Mississippi (September 12, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for a maximum of 25 credentials to cover events happening September 12 at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. #NASASocial participants will have the opportunity to see manufacturing for the core stage of the Space Launch System (@NASA_SLS) -- NASA's new heavy-lift rocket that will send humans deeper into space than ever before, including missions to an asteroid and Mars. Attendees will also be invited to the official ribbon cutting for the facility’s Vertical Assembly Center, a massive welding tool that stands over 170 feet tall, designed to weld together pieces of the core stage.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to take a roundtrip bus ride to tour Stennis Space Center, including the historic B-2 test stand that is being renovated for SLS testing and the RS-25 engine (formerly Space Shuttle Main Engine) awaiting its test series debut. Four RS-25 engines will be used to power the massive core stage of the SLS.

Participants 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. The hashtags for these events are #weldingwonder and #NASASocial. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

@ESA #CallAlex Live @Social4Space Event with Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) at the at European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany (22 August 2014)

@ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) is sharing beautiful photographs from space on his social media pages. Is there something you want to ask him while he is orbiting our planet? On 22 August you could talk to him in person during ESA’s SocialSpace event.

We are inviting 40 followers to join us at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany for a SocialSpace, with Alexander joining live through a video call from the International Space Station.

The SocialSpace will take place in the home base for all of ESA’s astronauts. As well as the main event, we will tour the premises to see how astronauts train for their missions.

The event will also include an introduction to the Station and Alex’s Blue Dot mission by an ESA astronaut, and an opportunity to meet ESA’s social media teams.

Think of what you would most like to ask Alexander in space. The 10 most interesting and original questions will be selected and will be posed directly to Alexander by the person who sent the question. People will be chosen based on their question and their presence on social media.

The most original and interesting questions will be chosen by ESA’s social media team, so research your question – every astronaut has already answered “How do you go to the toilet in space?”

Rise of Independence Public Event at Space Center Houston (@SpaceCenterHou) in Houston, Texas (August 14, 2014)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no — it’s the space shuttle replica Independence being lifted to its permanent home atop Space Center Houston's (@SpaceCenterHou) historic space shuttle carrier aircraft!

The free public event "Rise of Independence" will mark another chapter in the ongoing story of Space Center Houston’s future world-class exhibit. At 8 a.m. Thursday, August 14, a team of skilled engineers and planners in partnership with the center will lift the massive shuttle by crane (weather permitting).

The ceremony preceding the lift begins at 7:15 a.m. There is limited viewing available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be postponed to another date in the event of rain or high winds, but updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

The nonprofit Space Center Houston still needs to raise the last $2.2 million of its $12 million capital campaign in order to complete this important exhibit and preserve the historic SCA. Honor the remarkable story of the shuttle program by giving at www.spacecenter.org/giving or text “Shuttle747” to 41444 to donate today. Every amount makes a difference.

The SCA and Shuttle Attraction will be an unprecedented, international landmark exhibit that will open in 2015, stand over eight stories tall and feature interactive exhibits for the public to explore. Visitors will be able to enter both vehicles, mounted in the classic carry configuration – an experience unavailable anywhere else in the world. The experiential exhibit will feature the remarkable history of the shuttle program and its role in shaping current NASA (@NASA) initiatives to explore asteroids, the moon, Mars and beyond.

#Apollo45 Anniversary #NASASocial at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida (July 21, 2014)

@NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will hold a special ceremony renaming the center's Operations and Checkout Building in honor of Neil Armstrong, who passed away in 2012. The renaming ceremony will include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana, Apollo 11’s Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and astronaut Jim Lovell, who was the mission’s back-up commander. International Space Station NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman (@Astro_Reid) and Steve Swanson, who is the current station commander, also will take part in the ceremony from their orbiting laboratory 260 miles above Earth. Attendees will be able to share the event with their social media followers and learn about the work underway at Kennedy to prepare for the next giant leap of sending astronauts deeper into space than we’ve gone before. A maximum of 25 social media users will be credentialed to cover this event.

#Apollo45 Anniversary #NASASocial at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Northern Virginia (July 19, 2014)

@NASA, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in northern Virginia will co-host a special panel session prior to the evenings concert moderated by Bob Jacobs (@bnjacobs), NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Communications, and featuring Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz), Apollo 11 astronaut, and Emil de Cou (@emildecou), conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Attendees of this event will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel and attend the performance of the score of 2001: A Space Odyssey, following the panel. A maximum of 25 social media users will be credentialed to cover this event.

#OCO2 Launch #NASASocial at Vandenberg Air Force Base (@30thSpaceWing) in Lompoc, California (June 30-July 1, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to cover the launch of the agency’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) -- the second of NASA’s five Earth science missions to launch in 2014.

OCO-2 is scheduled to lift off at 2:56 a.m. PDT July 1 from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in Lompoc, California.

A maximum of 70 social media users will be selected to attend the two-day event on June 30 and July 1, 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 United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket; hear first-hand accounts by the OCO-2 science and engineering teams; get a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of NASA’s social media team (@NASA, @NASASocial, etc.)

All sites on VAFB are subject to closure due to mission requirements.

On launch day, @NASASocial participants and their friends and families will be invited to a special public viewing area to watch OCO-2 achieve orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.

#ISSRDC #NASASocial Media Credentials for ISS Research & Development Conference in Denver, Colorado (June 17-19, 2014)

Do you want to learn more about science and technology accomplishments on the International Space Station? Do you have an idea for a microgravity experiment? Looking for a way to put the amazing platform of the space station within your reach? Then you need to check out the first annual International Space Station Research & Development Conference!

Scientists, students, businesses and enthusiasts are encouraged to attend and be part of this year's theme: Results and Opportunities -- The Decade of Utilization. Organized by the American Astronautical Society and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space Inc. (CASIS), in cooperation with @NASA, this event takes place June 26-28, 2012, in Denver. It is the only U.S. conference offering details on the full breadth of research and technology development on the space station—past, present and future.

The conference will showcase the remarkable results obtained so far through space station research in the various disciplines of physical, life, Earth and space sciences, as well as spacecraft technology development. Experts will share first-hand experiences and research findings, and help newcomers understand the pathways for turning their ideas into microgravity research reality.

Planned workshops and speakers will motivate and enable prospective space station users as they develop their ideas and learn about other microgravity investigations. A Small Business Innovation Research Technologies workshop also will provide insight into collaborations for on orbit laboratory use.

Keynote speakers include NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier, NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, and International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini. Astronaut Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron) is scheduled to be on hand to inspire and educate, as he shares his personal perspective from his life and work aboard the station in 2011 as a member of the Expedition 27-28 crew.

Photography #NASASocial for Cygnus CRS Orb-2 Launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (@NASA_Wallops) in Virginia (June 10, 2014)

Calling all photographers, photo bloggers, Instagrammers and all other social media users…We’re inviting you to apply for credentials to attend the launch for the next flight of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket, currently targeted for 2:07 a.m. EDT, June 10, 2014, from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A maximum of 50 social media users will be selected to attend the two-day event on June 9 and 10 and will be given access to @NASA_Wallops and the Antares launch news media activities. This event will feature a special emphasis on visual elements and will be held in a way to allow photographers, Instagrammers, and photo bloggers the ability to capture the event.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: wiew and photograph the launch of the Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket; meet and interact with representatives from @NASA and @OrbitalSciences; tour Wallops Flight Facility and see the work done to prepare Antares for launch to the International Space Station; meet students who have designed payloads for this mission; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet members of the @NASASocial media teams.

#AlexTweetup for the Soyuz Launch of Alexander Gerst & his crewmates from Baikonur Cosmodrome (May 26-30, 2014)

Are you ready for the most remote space tweetup ever? Follow 16 SpaceTweeps who are traveling to Baikonur Cosmodrome for #AlexTweetup 26-30 May 2014! Three new Space Station crewmembers, @Astro_Alex, @astro_reid & @Msuraev launch May 28, 2014.

Alternative Fuels & Aeronautics #NASASocial at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center (@NASAArmstrong) in Edwards, California (May 20, 2014)

@NASA will host a NASA Social for up to 50 of its social media followers on May 20, 2014, at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.

The NASA Social will give guests an opportunity to learn more about the scientific research being conducted on the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitudes typically flown by commercial airliners. In addition to a full briefing of the experiment, participants will also have a chance to ask questions of aircraft crew, pilots and scientists involved in the research process.

The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions or ACCESS-II experiment will measure and characterize airborne emissions from an aircraft burning both conventional jet fuel and blended alternative biofuels. The experiment will include aircraft and scientific contributions from multiple NASA centers including Glenn and Langley, as well as international partner agencies DLR (Germany), NRC (Canada) and JAXA (Japan).

Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Armstrong Flight Research Hangar in Palmdale, California, including: An up close and personal encounter with aircraft included in the ACCESS II Project and other NASA Science Aircraft; interaction with ACCESS II project personnel, scientists, and pilots; participants will also tour NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center main campus on Edwards Air Force Base, California. The tour will include: Hangars housing various science, test, and unmanned aircraft; A look at breaking aeronautic technology research and testing; A tour of the Model Shop where scale concepts come to life; A tour of the Experimental Fabrication Machine Shop; Pilot Q&A and autographs; An interactive flight suit demonstration.

#ISDC2014 International Space Development Conference at Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, California (May 14-18, 2014)

Space development and innovation are flourishing at an ever-increasing rate. New technologies are redefining our paradigm of how humans interact with space: new ideas and approaches will bring us closer to space than ever before. A Space Renaissance in the making.

Join #ISDC2014 in May for an immersive look into current space development programs, cutting-edge aerospace technology, and innovative new projects to inspire the next renaissance of human culture: the colonization, development, and capitalization of space.

#SpaceFestVI at Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California (May 8-11, 2014)

@Spacefest is the event for space enthusiasts of any stripe: Astronomy, Manned Space Exploration, Robotic Space Exploration, Commercial Space Development or Space History Enthusiast. For the Professional and Amateur, since 2007.

#DSN50 #NASASocial at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL) in Pasadena, California (April 1-2, 2014)

@NASA will host a two-day NASA Social for 50 of its social media followers on April 1-2, 2014, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and the Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, California.

The event is part of a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), the world’s largest and most powerful communications system for “talking” to spacecraft. From the first planetary encounters, the first human landing on the moon, to interstellar space, the DSN has been there to bring home the critical data, images and science.

NASA Social participants will spend April 1 at JPL inside the Mission Control Center of NASA’s DSN, where engineers communicate with spacecraft across the solar system. Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of JPL, including: the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, where hardware for upcoming missions is under construction; the Earth Science Center, where data from many of the agency’s Earth-observing missions are showcased in interactive displays; the Mars Yard, where engineering models of NASA’s Curiosity rover are tested in a sandy, Mars-like environment;

On April 2, participants will attend the DSN 50th anniversary celebration at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex near Barstow in the Mojave Desert. Attendees will learn about the DSN’s past, present and future, and then tour the facility. The tour will include: Apollo Valley, to see the historic Apollo antenna and the 34 meter Beam Waveguide Cluster antennas, Mars Valley, home of the large 70-meter Mars antenna, 34-meter Uranus antenna and Signal Processing Center 10 Spacecraft Operations Control Center; the Goldstone Indoor and Outdoor Museums. Attendees will also take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Goldstone Tunnel Display.

@AstroKarenN #NASASocial at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2014)

@NASA is inviting 100 of their social media followers and their guests to a unique opportunity to talk with astronaut Karen Nyberg (@AstroKarenN), who recently returned from a 5.5-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Nyberg will answer your questions and share her experience of being an astronaut, engineer, artist, fitness lover and mother. The event will take place at 3 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 24, at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington. The @NASASocial will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

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.

Participants will have the opportunity to: Engage in a live chat with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg (@AstroKarenN); Learn about: How Karen lived and worked from space, and as an artist, quilting and drawing during her off time; How she managed the unique aspects and challenges of parenting off the planet; How as an astronaut and fitness lover, she exercised while on orbit; Current scientific experiments underway aboard the space station; 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-3 Launch from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (March 15-16, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend the March 16 launch for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (@SpaceX). The SpaceX 9 rocket @Falcon 9 rocket is targeted to liftoff at 4:41 a.m. EST March 16 from Launch Complex 40 @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 two-day event on March 15 & 16 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 a launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket; tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center; speak with representatives from both @NASA and @SpaceX; 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.

#GPM Photo #NASASocial at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (@NASAGoddard) in Greenbelt, Maryland (February 27, 2014)

Are you instantly on Instagram? A Flickr fanatic? If you know the difference between shutter speed and an f-stop, this NASA Social is for you. @NASA is hosting an event for its photo-fanatic social media followers on the morning of Feb. 27, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

This @NASASocial will bring 15 social media photo-gurus together at @NASAGoddard to snap and share photos of where NASA's next great Earth science satellite was developed, built and tested. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission Core Observatory is the largest satellite ever built and tested at NASA Goddard.

GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, and will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space. The Core Observatory, working with a constellation of satellites already in orbit, will provide next-generation, worldwide observations of rain and snow every three hours.

    • NASA Social participants and their friends and family are also invited to attend the GPM launch party at NASA Goddard's Visitor Center. We will watch a live NASA Television broadcast of the launch of GPM from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The Visitor Center will be open from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. EST, with expert presentations and family-friendly hands-on demonstrations. The launch of the GPM Core Observatory is scheduled for no earlier than 1:07 p.m. EST, Feb. 27, 2014. **

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to spend the morning: Getting a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA Goddard's world-class spacecraft integration and test facilities that ensure that GPM hardware and other spacecraft and instruments successfully survive the rigors of launch and space; hearing how engineers at Goddard and JAXA overcame the challenge of building, shipping and testing the GPM satellite instruments built in two different countries, and which successfully withstood two natural disasters; having one-on-one interactions with GPM scientists, engineers, and other NASA leaders; talking to NASA scientists and engineers about designing and building: the James Webb Space Telescope, currently housed in what is the world's largest clean room; the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, four identical spacecraft that will orbit Earth, making three-dimensional measurements of its magnetosphere; meeting fellow photography and space enthusiasts who are active on social media and members of NASA's photography and social media teams.

@airandspace #UHC10 #SISocial at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia (January 25, 2014)

Join us at the first-ever Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center Open House Social! We're inviting 10 social media users to come to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA before public hours on January 25th to tour the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, hear from our experts about current projects, and learn how we care for our collections. Come take a sneak peek at this new event and connect with fellow social media users who are passionate about restoration, museum collections and more!

@NASA_TDRS #NASASocial at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida (January 23, 2014)

@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 @NASASocial, scheduled for January 23 to coincide with the launch of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-L), will be held at the agency's NASA'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 January 23 on a United Launch Alliance (@ULALaunch) Atlas V rocket.

[NASA Social] participants will have the opportunity to: View the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying MAVEN; hear first-hand accounts of the mission development and research goals from the TDRS-L science and engineering teams from @NASAKennedy, @NASAGoddard and other organizations; get a behind-the-scenes tour of the NASA's 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 41; 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.

@NASAWebbTelescp #NASASocial at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (January 22, 2014)

@NASA is hosting an event for their social media followers on January 22, 2014, in celebration of all the instruments and key elements of the James Webb Space Telescope arriving at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

This @NASASocial will bring 40 social media users together at @NASAGoddard to hear details about the James Webb Space Telescope (@NASAWebbTelescp), or JWST. Participants will get behind-the-scenes tours of NASA Goddard's satellite and testing facilities and hear presentations by NASA scientists and engineers.

[NASA Social] participants and their friends and family are also invited to attend a launch party celebrating the launch of NASA's next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS-L, from NASA Kennedy Space Center (@NASAKennedy) in Florida. The NASA Goddard Visitor's Center will be open with experts, presentations and live NASA Television coverage the launch, currently scheduled for approximately 9 pm EST, January 23, 2014.

JWST is the world’s next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will launch later this decade. The biggest and most powerful space telescope ever, JWST will provide images of the first galaxies ever formed, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way galaxy and allowing us to explore planets around distant stars.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to: Observe JWST flight hardware in the world’s largest cleanroom; get a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA Goddard's world-class integration and test facilities that will ensure that JWST hardware and other spacecraft and instruments will successfully survive the rigors of launch and space; have one-on-one interactions with JWST scientists, engineers, and other NASA leaders, including Nobel Laureate John Mather; hear from NASA scientists and engineers about designing and building: Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, four identical spacecraft that will orbit Earth making three-dimensional measurements of its magnetosphere, Global Precipitation Measurement Core satellite, the largest Earth science satellite integrated and tested at NASA Goddard.

#NASASocial Media Credentials for @OrbitalSciences Orbital-1 Antares Launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia (January 8, 2014)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend the launch of the Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket is scheduled to launch its Cygnus cargo spacecraft from Pad-0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (@NASA_Wallops) in eastern Virginia.

A maximum of 50 social media users will be selected to attend the two-day event (the day before launch and launch day) 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. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

@theAGU (American Geophysical Union) Annual Fall Meeting #NASASocial at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California (December 10, 2013)

@NASA and the American Geophysical Union (@theAGU) will host a one-day event for their social media followers at the AGU's Annual Fall Meeting in downtown San Francisco. The event will bring 20 social media users together for a behind-the-scenes experience at the world's largest Earth and solar system science conference.

Drawing approximately 20,000 attendees to San Francisco's Moscone Center, the annual AGU Fall Meeting is one of the premier gatherings for scientists who study our planet and our solar system neighbors to share and discuss their work with colleagues from around the world. NASA scientists will be presenting their latest results from groundbreaking missions such as Voyager (@NASAVoyager) and the Mars Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) and will be talking about important upcoming missions, including the launches of four Earth-observing missions in 2014. This NASA Social will give a small group the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the people behind NASA's Earth, Mars and other missions and with scientists presenting cutting-edge work at the meeting.

[NASA Social] participants will get a chance to: meet people behind NASA's high-profile recent missions and interact with them in small groups; talk to NASA Associate Administrator for Science and a veteran astronaut for five spaceflights John Grunsfeld (@SciAstro) about the agency's major science initiatives; sit in on a news conference where new NASA science results are released to the media; take part in AGU sessions including one on science communication and social media; meet fellow Earth and space science enthusiasts who are active on social media; end the day with a popular AGU-sponsored, science-themed open mic night.

@MAVEN2Mars Launch #NASASocial at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida (November 16 & 18, 2013)

@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. The @NASASocial, scheduled for November 16 and 18 to coincide with the launch of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (@MAVEN2Mars), will be held at the agency's Kennedy Space Center @NASAKennedy in Florida.

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

[NASA Social] participants will have the opportunity to: 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 @NASAKennedy, @NASAGoddard 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: look inside the Vehicle Assembly Building; view the Atlas V launch pad (SLC-41); 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

GPM Media Day #NASASocial Accreditation at @NASAGoddard in Greenbelt, Maryland (November 15, 2013)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend the media day activities for its next Earth science satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement - GPM {@NASA_Rain) mission, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 November 15, 2013 (rescheduled due to government shutdown), at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The half-day event will give 30 social media users the same access as news media. This is the media's last chance to view the GPM Core satellite before it's shipped to its launch site at Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. GPM is an international satellite mission led by @NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (@JAXA_en) that will provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. The GPM Core satellite is the size of a small fire truck, making it the largest Earth science satellite ever built at NASA Goddard.

[NASA Social] participants will have the opportunity to: Attend a preview showing of the new "Science on a Sphere" program "Water Falls;" view the GPM Core spacecraft and NASA Goddard's satellite testing facilities; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet and interact with NASA scientists and spacecraft engineers; take part in a hyperwall discussion showcasing, in part, the unique three-dimensional views of hurricanes and typhoons that will be made possible by GPM.

@NASAJPL Earth Science #NASASocial at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California (November 4-5, 2013)

@NASA will host a two-day @NASASocial for 100 of its social media followers on Monday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The event will highlight NASA and @NASAJPL’s role in studying Earth and its climate and will preview three missions JPL is preparing for launch in 2014 to study our home planet.

[NASA Social] participants will have the opportunity to: Interact with the scientists and engineers working on upcoming missions; participate in hands-on demonstrations; meet fellow space enthusiasts and members of NASA's social media team; get a behind-the-scenes tour of JPL, including: The Spacecraft Assembly Facility where hardware for upcoming Earth missions is currently under construction. This clean room is also where both Voyagers, Cassini and the Curiosity, Opportunity and Spirit Mars rovers were built and tested; the JPL Earth Science Center, where data from the agency's Earth observing missions are showcased in interactive displays; the Mission Control Center of NASA's Deep Space Network, where engineers communicate with spacecraft across the solar system and interstellar space; the JPL Mars Yard, where engineers and scientists test engineering models of NASA's Curiosity rover in a sandy, Mars-like environment.

#NASASocial Accreditation for @OrbitalScience's Antares Launch at @NASA_Wallops in Wallops Island, Virginia (September 17, 2013)

@NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to attend the launch for the demo flight of Orbital Sciences Corporation's @OrbitalSciences) Antares rocket, currently targeted for no earlier than Sept. 15 Sept. 17 from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A maximum of 50 social media users will be selected to attend the two-day event (the day before launch and launch day) 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 Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket; meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media; meet and interact with representatives from @NASA and @OrbitalSciences; meet members of NASA's social media teams.

@NASALADEE Launch #NASASocial at @NASA_Wallops in Wallops Island, Virginia (September 5-6, 2013)

@NASA will host a two-day event for 50 of its social media followers on Thursday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 6, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (@NASALADEE).

LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit our moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine if dust is being lofted into the lunar sky.

A thorough understanding of these characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as Mercury, outer planets’ moons and larger asteroids. The mission was developed and built at NASA’s Ames Research Center ('@NASAAmes) in California’s Silicon Valley.

LADEE is the first moon launch from Wallops Flight Facility and the first launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (@OrbitalSciences) Minotaur V rocket.

[NASA Social] participants will have the opportunity to: View the launch of the Minotaur V rocket carrying [1]; hear first-hand accounts of the mission development and research goals from the LADEE science and engineering teams from @NASAAmes and other organizations; get a behind-the-scenes tour Wallops Flight Facility (Note: All sites on WFF are subject to closure due to mission requirements), including potential opportunities to: Tour Chincoteague Island; view the Minotaur V launch pad; 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; touch an actual moon rock.


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