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September 12, 2014

[image-51]We’re inviting social media users to apply for a maximum of 25 credentials to cover events happening Sept. 12 at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to see manufacturing for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- NASA's new heavy-lift rocket that will send humans deeper into space than ever before, including missions to an asteroid and Mars. Attendees will also be invited to the official ribbon cutting for the facility’s Vertical Assembly Center, a massive welding tool that stands over 170 feet tall, designed to weld together pieces of the core stage.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to take a roundtrip bus ride to tour Stennis Space Center, including the historic B-2 test stand that is being renovated for SLS testing and the RS-25 engine awaiting its test series debut. Four RS-25 engines will be used to power the massive core stage of the SLS.

Participants will be given the same access as news media in an effort to align the experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media. The hashtags for these events are #weldingwonder and #NASASocial. NASA Social media accreditation for the Michoud and Stennis events opens on this page July 30 and closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Aug. 12. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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What are NASA Social media credentials?
Credentials give social media users a chance to apply for the same access as journalists in an effort to align the access and experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media. People who actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate news on social networking platforms are encouraged to apply for media credentials. Selection is not random. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those chosen must prove through the registration process they meet specific engagement criteria.

How do I register?
NASA Social media accreditation for the Michoud and Stennis events opens on this page on July 30 and closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Aug. 12.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for people who:

  • Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience
  • Regularly produce new content that features multimedia elements
  • Have the potential to reach a large number of people using digital platforms
  • Reach a unique audience, separate and distinctive from traditional news media and/or NASA audiences
  • Must have an established history of posting content on social media platforms
  • Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized

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

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities. NASA will provide transportation from Michoud to Stennis Space Center and back to Michoud during the event.

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

Some event venues are government facilities. 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?
Registration is limited to U.S. citizens. If you have a valid permanent resident 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. 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 to attend the special access events.

Each registration provides a place in one (1) event for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, a notification email will be send out to inform you whether or not you have been selected for NASA social media accreditation. Those selected will be required to complete an additional step before being accredited. We will send notifications upon approval.

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

Does registration for and/or attendance at this NASA Social qualify me for news media accreditation?
No, your registration and/or attendance, does not qualify you for news media credentials at NASA now or in the future.


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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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