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Celebrate #Apollo45 & learn about our #NextGiantLeap
July 19, 2014

[image-51]NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to cover celebrations of the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11. Starting July 14, NASA is scheduled to hold events nationwide to commemorate this historic occasion and to share the stepping-stones on our path to Mars -- NASA’s “next giant leap” in human spaceflight.

A maximum of 25 social media users will be selected to attend two different events over the ten-day celebration period between July 14 and July 24.  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 #NextGiantLeap, #NASASocial, and #Apollo45.

  • July 19 – 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, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Communications, and featuring Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, and Emil de Cou, 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.
  • July 21 – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will hold a special ceremony renaming the center's Operations and Checkout Building in honor of Armstrong, who passed away in 2012. The renaming ceremony will include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana, Apollo 11’s Collins, Aldrin and astronaut Jim Lovell, who was the mission’s back-up commander. International Space Station NASA astronauts Wiseman 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.

NASA Social media accreditation for the #Apollo45 celebrations opens Monday, July 14 and closes on Tuesday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 


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What are NASA Social media credentials?
Credentials give social media users a chance to apply for the same access as journalists in an effort to align the access and experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media. People who actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate news on social networking platforms are encouraged to apply for media credentials. Selection is not random. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those chosen must prove through the registration process they meet specific engagement criteria.

How do I register?
NASA Social media accreditation for the #Apollo45 celebrations opens on this page on Monday, July 14 and closes on Tuesday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for people who:

  • Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience
  • Regularly produce new content that features multimedia elements
  • Have the potential to reach a large number of people using digital platforms
  • Reach a unique audience, separate and distinctive from traditional news media and/or NASA audiences
  • Must have an established history of posting content on social media platforms
  • Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #NextGiantLeap, #NASASocial, and #Apollo45. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to venues and attend the event in person. You must indicate which events you are interested in attending during registration as you will only be selected to attend one (1) event. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA and partner organizations are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA and partner organizations, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

Some event venues are government facilities. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show two government-issued identifications (one with a photo) that match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. International social media users without U.S. citizenship must apply for credentials by the deadline for the July 19 event. The July 21 event at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center cannot accommodate non-U.S. citizens. Those who are selected for the July 19 event are required to submit full legal name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.

If you have a valid permanent resident card, you will be processed as a U.S. citizen for both events. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show two government-issued identifications (one with a photo) that match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest to attend the special access events.

The July 19 event is a public concert to which tickets can be purchased if you so choose. Admission charges may vary – please check with the venue for additional information.

Each registration provides a place in one (1) event for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, a notification email will be sent out to inform you whether or not you have been selected for NASA social media accreditation. Those selected will be required to complete an additional step before being accredited. We will send notifications upon approval..

What if the event date changes?
NASA and our partner organizations may adjust programming accordingly. NASA will notify registrants of any changes by email.

Attendees are responsible for any additional costs they incur related to any delay. We strongly encourage participants to make travel arrangements that are refundable and/or flexible.

Does registration for and/or attendance at this NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?
No, your registration and/or attendance, does not qualify you for news media credentials at NASA or our partner organizations now or in the future.

 


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Have a question not answered here? Need more information?
Help is available by sending an email to hq-social@nasa.gov.

 

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