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NASA to Host Tweetup at Space Shuttle Launch in Florida
10.31.10
 
A Participant at a NASA Tweetup
Credit: Brian Knight, STS-129 Launch Tweetup participant
NASA Tweetup Attendees,

NASA managers met this morning and determined it is not possible to launch space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but are optimistic we can target launch for Wednesday, Nov. 3. The preferred liftoff time Nov. 3 would be 3:52 p.m. EDT. The long-range weather forecast indicates a 70 percent chance of favorable weather at launch time.

We’re working the logistics for what this means for the Tweetup. At this point in time, we’ll aim for continuing with the first day of the Tweetup on Monday, Nov. 1, beginning at 12:45 p.m. EDT. This hopefully will allow those of you who have to leave Nov. 2 to still get a great experience at the first day of the Tweetup on Nov. 1. Then we would invite you back for launch day on Wednesday (you’d have Tuesday free). As we reschedule, we’ll send you the details.

(This is current as of 09:58 a.m. EDT on Sat., Oct. 30, 2010 and is subject to change as the situation changes.)

For more information on the launch status, visit www.nasa.gov/shuttle.


NASA will host a two-day Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Space shuttle Discovery is targeted to launch at 4:40 p.m. EST, Nov. 1, on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station.

The Tweetup will provide @NASA followers with the opportunity to tour the center, view the shuttle launch and speak with NASA managers, astronauts, shuttle technicians and engineers. The event also will provide participants the opportunity to meet fellow Tweeps and NASA's social media team.

What is a Tweetup?
A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. This Tweetup is an opportunity to learn more about NASA, explore NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and experience a space shuttle launch.

How do I register?
Registration for this Tweetup has now closed. NASA will accommodate 150 tweeps randomly selected from those who sign up. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Those who registered can expect to be notified on Sept. 1. In the case of multiple entries for the same individual, only the first entry received will be considered.

Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferrable.

The registration period was from noon on Tuesday, Aug. 24 until noon on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for Twitter users who follow @NASA, @NASATweetup and other NASA Twitter accounts. The goal of NASA Tweetups is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via Twitter to meet in person and discuss one of their favorite subjects: NASA. If you are not familiar with Twitter or a regular user of Twitter and just want to see a space shuttle launch, NASA offers other ways to experience a launch. Learn more at the Kennedy Space Center website.

The Twitter account for the Tweetup is @NASATweetup, and the hashtag is #NASATweetup. We'll use both to post updates and reminders about the event.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA's 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.

Kennedy is a government facility. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas at Kennedy. 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, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend the Tweetup in Florida. Please choose the "non-U.S. citizen" option in the state drop-down menu during registration. Kennedy is a government facility. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas at Kennedy. 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-transferrable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

If I came to the STS-129 or STS-132 launch Tweetups, can I register to attend this one?
Remember what an awesome experience it was to view the launch of a space shuttle at the last Tweetup? We're not surprised you want to come again, and you may register for the STS-133 launch Tweetup. However, we strongly encourage you to consider providing someone new the opportunity to enjoy this amazing event.

What if I cannot come to Florida?
If you cannot come to Florida to attend in person, you should not register for the Tweetup. You can follow the Tweetup at NASA's Buzzroom. NASA intends to broadcast a portion of the Tweetup on Oct. 31 on NASA's uStream page. You also can watch the launch of space shuttle Discovery on NASA TV on the NASA TV section. NASA will provide regular launch and mission updates on @NASA and the Space Shuttle section.

If you can't make this Tweetup, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various agency locations.

When will I know if I made it?
After NASA has received and processed the registrations, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications on Sept. 1.

If you do not make the registration list for this Tweetup, you can still attend a space shuttle launch. Learn about other ways to experience a launch at the Kennedy Space Center web site.

What if the space shuttle's launch date changes?
Launching humans into space is a very complex business, and the safety of the crew is NASA's number one priority. Hundreds of different factors can cause a scheduled launch date to change many times.

If the launch date changes prior to Nov. 1, NASA may change the date of the Tweetup to match the new target launch date. NASA will notify registrants by e-mail. If the launch is delayed for 24 hours on Nov. 1, Tweetup attendees will be invited to attend the launch Nov. 2. NASA cannot accommodate attendees for delays beyond 24 hours. Tweetup attendees are responsible for any additional costs they incur related to any launch delay.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the Tweetup qualify me for media accreditation?
Your STS-133 Tweetup 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-twitter@mail.nasa.gov.

For more information about space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission, visit the STS-133 Mission Section.