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Learn about the Radiation Belt Storm Probes at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Editor's Note: Registration has been extended an additional 24 hours until Noon EDT Tuesday, July 10.

NASA will host a two-day event for 50 social media followers on August 22-23, 2012, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) are scheduled to lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 4:08 a.m. on August 23. Designed for a two-year primary science mission in orbit around Earth, RBSP will provide insight into our planet’s radiation belts, and help scientists predict changes in this critical region of space.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • View the launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes
  • Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center
  • Meet and interact with scientists, engineers, and other team members from NASA and the RBSP mission
  • Learn about NASA’s Launch Services Program and how they match spacecraft with rockets
  • View and take photographs of the RBSP launch pad
  • Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • Meet members of NASA's social media teams

RBSP advances our understanding of dramatic and puzzling aspects of Earth’s radiation belts. The “Van Allen Belts,” named for their discoverer, James Van Allen, are two donut-shaped regions encircling the Earth, where high-energy particles are energized by interactions with the sun and space and trapped by our planet’s magnetic field. Participants in this NASA Social will learn about the science of the belts, the challenges of designing spacecraft to operate in this harsh space environment, and how data from RBSP will help researchers understand how to better design spacecraft and protect astronauts.

Registration for the NASA Social opens at noon EDT Thursday, July 5, and closes at noon EDT Monday, July 9 Tuesday, July 10.

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 with the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission, and NASA that they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social networks.

How do I register?

NASA Social registration opens at noon EDT on Thursday, July 5, and closes at noon EDT on Monday, July 9 Tuesday, July 10. 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 the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission and/or NASA on Twitter (@RBStormProbes, @NASA, @NASASocial), Facebook (RBSP, NASA) or Google+ (NASA). Also followers of NASA’s Launch Services Program on Twitter (@NASA_LSP) and Facebook (NASA’s Launch Services Program) are encouraged to register. 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 the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and attend two days of 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.

Kennedy Space Center is a government facility. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show two forms of 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 RBSP 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 Florida to attend in person, you should not register for this NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter. NASA Kennedy 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 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 Wednesday, July 25.

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.


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