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NASA Invites Fans to a Tweetup At Langley Research Center
11.08.11
 
NASA is inviting its Twitter followers to register for a Tweetup and behind-the-scenes tour of the agency's first laboratory, NASA's Langley Research Center. NASA will host 50 social media guests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Hampton, Va., facility.

The Tweetup will give participants the chance to have lunch with an astronaut, interact with NASA experts, and tour a wind tunnel, lunar habitat concept and the historic Landing and Impact Research Facility, where Neil Armstrong trained to land on the moon.

Established in 1917, Langley's current role at NASA includes aviation, science and space research. Langley researchers are testing space capsules for water landings, developing technologies to make aircraft faster, quieter, safer and greener, and studying Earth's atmosphere to understand global climate change.

Because NASA Langley is a government facility with restricted access, the Tweetup is open only to U.S. citizens. NASA will randomly select 50 participants from online registrants.

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 the agency's Langley Research Center.

How do I register?
Registration is now closed. It was open from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. NASA will randomly select 50 participants from those who sign up. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
This event is designed for people who regularly interact with NASA via Twitter to meet in person and discuss one of their favorite subjects: NASA. Registration is open to those who are active Twitter users who follow @NASA, @NASATweetup, @NASA_Langley and other NASA Twitter accounts. The Twitter account for the Tweetup is @NASA, and the hashtag is #NASATweetup.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., (about three hours away from Washington, DC, in southeastern Virginia) and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

NASA Langley is a government facility with restricted access, so the event is open only to U.S. citizens. To be admitted, you will need to show government-issued photo identification 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?
Because this NASA Tweetup takes place on a facility with restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.

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 Virginia?
If you cannot come to NASA's Langley Research Center in person, you should not register. You can follow the tweetup conversation on Twitter using the #NASATweetup hashtag.

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 selection notifications by email by Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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 NASA Langley Research Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/langley.