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Final Space Shuttle Crew Members Host Tweetup at NASA Headquarters
10.13.11
 
NASA invites its Twitter followers to a special Tweetup with Sandy Magnus and Chris Ferguson, crew members of the final space shuttle mission, at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 13. The event will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington. This NASA Tweetup is an opportunity to meet and speak with STS-135 crew members, the people behind @NASA, and other space-exploration-minded participants.

Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim comprised space shuttle Atlantis' crew for the 13-day STS-135 mission that launched July 8 and landed July 21 after a journey of more than five million miles.

The crew delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, spare equipment and other supplies in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module -- including 2,677 pounds of food -- that will sustain space station operations for the next year. The 21-foot long, 15-foot diameter Raffaello brought back nearly 5,700 pounds of unneeded materials from the station. STS-135 was the 135th and final shuttle flight.

Registration for the event is open to @NASA followers and their guests from 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 29 until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. NASA randomly will select 150 participants from those who register online.

All four of Atlantis' crew members are posting updates to Twitter. You can follow Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.

What is a tweetup?
A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. This Tweetup is an opportunity in Washington, D.C.

How do I register?
Registration is now closed. It was open on this page from 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 29, until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. NASA will accommodate a total of 150 tweeps and their guests randomly selected from those who sign up on the Web. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for Twitter users who follow @NASA, @Astro_Ferg, @Astro_Doug, @Astro_Sandy, @Astro_Rex and other NASA Twitter accounts. The goal is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via Twitter to meet in person and discuss their favorite subjects: space and science.

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 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; their guests must be at least 5 years old.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend the Tweetup.

Does my registration include a guest?
Yes, you may bring a guest to this Tweetup. Your guest must be at least 5 years old.

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 Tweetup. However, you can still plan to follow along with the event on Twitter via the hashtag #NASATweetup. 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 plan to send notifications by Oct. 4.

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