NASA invites social media followers to a NASA Open House event showcasing NASA’s science, technology and engineering prowess from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 18, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. This NASA Social is an opportunity to obtain a reserved seat during the open house and gain behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s talented people, including astronauts, mission management, and communicators.
During the event, participants will participate in four interactive sessions covering topics including NASA’s plans for the future of human spaceflight; the importance of technology innovation to our future; science on the International Space Station; and NASA’s ongoing and future missions to Mars. Additionally, the NASA Social participants will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes session about living and working in space.
The NASA Social will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington.
Registration for the event will open from 5:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 8 until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. NASA will randomly select 75 total participants, including guests, from the registrants to obtain a reserved seat. Additional applicants will be able to participate and attend the public open house portions of the event on a space-available basis. The Webb Auditorium holds nearly 200 persons.
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 reserved seat during a public open house and two unique behind-the-scenes in-person experience at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social network.
How do I register?
Registration for the event is open on this page from 5:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 8 until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. NASA will randomly select 75 total participants, including guests, from the registrants to obtain a reserved seat. Additional applicants will be able to participate and attend the public open house portions of the event on a space-available basis.
Registration is for one person (you) and one guest, and is non-transferrable. In the case of multiple entries for the same individual, only the first entry received will be considered.
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), Facebook (NASA) or Google+ (NASA). 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.
What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA Headquarters in Washington and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.
To be admitted, you will need to show a government-issued photo identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. Registrants must be at least 18 years old; however, their guests do not need to be 18 or older.
Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, most non-U.S. citizens may register to attend the NASA Social.
Does my registration include a guest?
Yes. Each registration provides a place for one person (you) and one guest. We recommend your guest be at least 5 years old to appreciate the event. Registration is for you and that guest and is non-transferrable. Each guest must be accompanied by a registered participant over the age of 18 years.
What if I cannot come to Washington, D.C.?
If you cannot come to NASA Headquarters to attend in person, you do not need to register for the NASA Social. However, you can still plan to follow along with the event on Twitter via the hashtag #NASASocial. Portions of this event will be televised on NASA TV throughout the day.
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 on the guest list?
After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected. We expect to send notifications on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.
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, 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.