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Celebrate the Final Journey of Space Shuttle Atlantis
11.01.12
 
Altlantis rolls over from the OPF to the VAB

Editor's Note: We were able to secure additional spaces for this event. We are able to accept 45 registrants.


NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host a two-day NASA Social for 28 45 of its social media followers on Nov. 1-2, 2012, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  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.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Have the opportunity for 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

What is a 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 KSC Visitor Complex and NASA, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social network.

 

How do I register?
Registration opens at noon EDT on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 and closes at noon EDT Wednesday, Oct. 17. Check back on this page for the registration link. Twenty-eight 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 KSC Visitor Complex and NASA on Twitter (@ExploreSpaceKSC, @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @NASASocial), Facebook (NASA, NASA Kennedy, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) or Google+ (NASA and 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 #Atlantis. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

If you are not a regular user of social media and just want to see the Atlantis move, you can still attend the Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey event by visiting: www.KennedySpaceCenter.com/Atlantis.

 

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and attend the two-day event in person. 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 KSC Visitor Complex are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA and KSC Visitor Complex, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

The Kennedy Space Center is a government facility. 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?
Because portions of this event may take place in restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens. If you have a green card, you will be processed as a U.S. citizen. 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. Each registration provides a place for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

 

What if I cannot come to the Kennedy Space Center?
If you cannot come to KSC to attend in person, you should not register for the NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial and #Atlantis hashtags on Twitter and can watch the Atlantis move ceremony Nov. 2 on NASA TV.  NASA and KSC Visitor Complex will provide regular event updates on @NASA, @NASAKennedyand @ExploreSpaceKSC.

If you cannot make this NASA Social, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check back on http://www.nasa.gov/social for updates.

 

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications by Friday, Oct. 19.

If you do not make the registration list for this NASA Social, you can still attend the Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey event by visiting www.KennedySpaceCenter.com/Atlantis.

 

Does registration for and/or attendance at the NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?
Your NASA Social registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, now or in the future.


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