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Celebrate 50 Years of Communicating in Deep Space
April 1, 2014

[image-51]NASA will host a two-day NASA Social for 50 of its social media followers on April 1-2, 2014, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif.

The event is part of a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), the world’s largest and most powerful communications system for “talking” to spacecraft. From the first planetary encounters, the first human landing on the moon, to interstellar space, the DSN has been there to bring home the critical data, images and science.

NASA Social participants will spend April 1 at JPL inside the Mission Control Center of NASA’s DSN, where engineers communicate with spacecraft across the solar system. Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of JPL, including:

  • the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, where hardware for upcoming missions is under construction
  • the Earth Science Center, where data from many of the agency’s Earth-observing missions are showcased in interactive displays
  • the Mars Yard, where engineering models of NASA’s Curiosity rover are tested in a sandy, Mars-like environment

On April 2, participants will attend the DSN 50th anniversary celebration at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex near Barstow in the Mojave Desert. Attendees will learn about the DSN’s past, present and future, and then tour the facility. The tour will include:

  • Apollo Valley, to see the historic Apollo antenna and the 34 meter Beam Waveguide Cluster antennas
  • Mars Valley, home of the large 70-meter Mars antenna, 34-meter Uranus antenna and Signal Processing Center 10
  • Spacecraft Operations Control Center
  • the Goldstone Indoor and Outdoor Museums

Attendees will also take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Goldstone Tunnel Display. 

NASA Social registration opens on this page on Feb. 12, and closes at noon EST on Feb. 19, 2014. 



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 unique in-person experience at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex that they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social networks.

How do I register?
NASA Social registration opens on this page on Feb. 12, and closes at noon EST on Feb. 19, 2014. NASA will randomly select participants from online registrations. NASA accepts 50 participants, with 50 others on a wait list. Registration is for one person, aged 18 and over only, and is non-transferable. Because this event takes place at a facility with restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow NASA missions on Twitter (@NASA, @NASASocial, etc.), Facebook (NASA) or Google+ (NASA). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #NASASocial. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

What are the registration requirements? 
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. and the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in the Mojave Desert (near Barstow), Fort Irwin, San Bernardino County, California, and attend the events in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

JPL and the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex are government facilities. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter secure areas. To be admitted, Fort Irwin will require your state driver’s license number and show a government-issued identification with a photo 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?
No, the Goldstone NASA Social cannot accept registrations from non-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 the event?
If you cannot come to California to attend in person, you should not register for this NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter. NASA may broadcast a portion of the NASA Social.

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 selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications on or around Feb. 24.

If you do not make the registration list for this NASA Social, you can still participate in the conversation online.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?
Your NASA Social registration and/or attendance do not qualify you for news media credentials at any NASA field center, now or in the future.




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

For information about Goldstone, visit: http://www.gdscc.nasa.gov

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70 Meter Antenna at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex
70 Meter Antenna at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex
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