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Followers of the agency's Twitter account pose for a portrait in front of NASA's Juno planetary probe poised for its five-year journey to Jupiter atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-551 launch vehicle on Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA invited 150 Tweetup participants to come to the center for two days of prelaunch activities. They shared their experiences with followers through the social networking site Twitter. The attendees represented 28 states, the District of Columbia and five other countries: Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. This is the first time NASA invited Twitter followers to experience the launch of a planetary spacecraft. Juno is NASA’s mission to Jupiter to study the giant planet and improve our understanding of the planet’s formation and evolution. The Juno spacecraft launched on an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 5. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on August 4-5 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket.
The launch window opens at 11:39 a.m. EDT (8:39 a.m. PDT) on Friday, August 5. The spacecraft has a five-year cruise, and is expected to arrive at Jupiter in 2016.
The Juno spacecraft will investigate the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. The spacecraft's color camera will provide close-up images of Jupiter, including the first detailed glimpse of the planet's poles. The mission is led by Principal Investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
The Tweetup will provide @NASA Twitter followers with the opportunity to tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, speak with scientists and engineers from the Juno mission, as well as other upcoming NASA missions, and, if all goes as scheduled, view the Juno spacecraft launch. The event also will provide participants the opportunity to meet fellow tweeps and members of NASA's social media team.
Juno is the second of four space missions launching this year, making 2011 one of the busiest ever in planetary exploration. Aquarius was launched June 10 to study ocean salinity; Grail will launch Sept. 8 to study the moon's gravity field; and the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover heads to the Red Planet no earlier than Nov. 25.
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 and this mission to Jupiter, explore NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and experience a launch.
How do I register?
Registration has now closed. Registration was opened at 3 p.m. EDT (noon PDT) on Friday, June 24, on this page and closed at 3 p.m. EDT (noon PDT) on Monday, June 27. NASA will accommodate 150 participants randomly selected from those who sign up. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.
Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferable.
Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for active 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 nor a regular user of Twitter and just want to see a spacecraft launch, NASA offers other ways to experience a launch. Learn more at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/viewing.html.
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 indicate your country of citizenship in the drop-down menu during registration. Kennedy is a government facility. 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 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-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.
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 conversation using the #NASATweetup hashtag. NASA may broadcast a portion of the program on August 4. You can watch the launch of Juno on August 5 on NASA TV at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. NASA will provide regular launch and mission updates on @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @NASAJuno and @NASAJPL.
If you cannot make this Tweetup, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check back on http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup for updates.
When will I know if I am selected?
After NASA has received and processed the registrations, 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 July 6.
If you do not make the registration list for this Tweetup, you can still attend a launch. Learn about other ways to experience a launch at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/viewing.html
What if the spacecraft's launch date changes?
If the launch date changes prior to August 5, NASA may change the date of the Tweetup to match the new target launch date. NASA will notify registrants by email. If the launch is postponed for 24 hours on August 5, Tweetup attendees will be invited to attend the launch August 6. 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 Juno Tweetup registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, now or in the future.
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