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NASA to Invite 25 Social Media Fans to Mars Rover Landing Event
08.03.12
 

NASA will host a three-day launch NASA Social for 25 of its social media followers on Aug. 3, 4 and 5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Social is expected to culminate in the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Mars' Gale Crater. The landing is anticipated at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6.

The event will provide people who engage with NASA via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks with the opportunity to tour JPL; to speak with scientists and engineers; participate in news conferences; and, if all goes as planned, to be present when first signal of the rover's landing is detected by JPL mission control. The event also will provide participants the opportunity to interact with fellow "space tweeps" and members of NASA's social media team.

During the two-year prime mission, Curiosity will investigate whether the selected area of Mars offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life and for preserving evidence about life if it existed.

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 the Mars Science Laboratory mission, JPL and NASA, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social networks.

How do I register?

NASA Social registration opened at noon EDT on Wed., June 6, and closed at noon EDT on Fri., June. 8. NASA will randomly select 25 participants from online registrations. NASA accepts 25 participants, with at least 25 others on a wait list. Registration is for one person only and is non-transferable.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?

Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow the Mars Curiosity rover, JPL and/or NASA on Twitter (@MarsCuriosity, @NASAJPL, @NASA, @NASASocial), Facebook (MarsCuriosity, NASAJPL, NASA) or Google+ (NASA). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who 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. 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 JPL in California and attend events on all three days 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 is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

JPL is a government facility. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show government-issued identification with a photo that matches 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. 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 government-issued identification 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 California?

If you cannot come to JPL to attend in person, you should not register for the NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter. JPL may broadcast a portion of the program with live chat on http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL .

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 June 18.

If you do not make the registration list for this NASA Social, you can still participate in the conversation online. Additionally, NASA is exploring options for additional NASA Socials at other NASA Centers for the Mars Science Laboratory landing.

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 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, now or in the future.

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

For information about the mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl .