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NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Preview the ‘Year of Earth’ at JPL
September 13, 2013

[image-51]NASA will host a two-day NASA Social for 100 of its social media followers on Monday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The event will highlight NASA and JPL’s role in studying Earth and its climate and will preview three missions JPL is preparing for launch in 2014 to study our home planet.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Interact with the scientists and engineers working on upcoming missions.
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations.
  • Meet fellow space enthusiasts and members of NASA's social media team.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes tour of JPL, including:
    • The Spacecraft Assembly Facility where hardware for upcoming Earth missions is currently under construction. This clean room is also where both Voyagers, Cassini and the Curiosity, Opportunity and Spirit Mars rovers were built and tested.
    • The JPL Earth Science Center, where data from the agency's Earth observing missions are showcased in interactive displays.
    • The Mission Control Center of NASA's Deep Space Network, where engineers communicate with spacecraft across the solar system and interstellar space.
    • The JPL Mars Yard, where engineers and scientists test engineering models of NASA's Curiosity rover in a sandy, Mars-like environment.

NASA Social registration opens at noon EDT Monday, Sept. 16, and closes at 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 18. NASA will randomly select at least 100 participants from online registrations.

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 JPL, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social networks.

Guests will have an opportunity to go “behind the scenes” to learn more about NASA and the three missions JPL is preparing to launch in 2014 to study Earth.

How do I register?
Registration opens at noon EDT on Sept. 16, 2013 on this page and closes at 3 p.m. EDT on Sept. 18, 2013. One hundred participants will be randomly selected from online registrations. Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferable.

Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow NASA or JPL on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Instagram. The goal of a NASA Social is to allow people who interact regularly with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss science and engineering.

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

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to JPL in Pasadena, Calif., and attend the two-day event in person. If you are selected, you will be 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 and JPL are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA and JPL, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. Foreign nationals and U.S. green-card holders may apply to attend. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show 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.

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 California?
If you cannot come to JPL to attend in person, you should not register for the NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter. JPL may broadcast a portion of the program with a live chat on http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 .

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 by Sept. 24, 2013.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?
Your NASA Social registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at JPL, 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.


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This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds.
This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds.
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