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Space Station Astronaut Ron Garan Hosts Tweetup at NASA Headquarters
NASA invites its Twitter followers to a special Tweetup with astronaut Ron Garan at 1:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The event will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington. This NASA Tweetup is an opportunity to meet and speak with Garan, the people behind @NASA account and other space-exploration-minded participants.

Garan spent 164 days in space during the Expedition 27 and Expedition 28 missions to the International Space Station. He and his crewmates launched April 4, 2011, and returned to Earth on Sept. 15, 2011. Aboard the station, the crew worked on a variety of microgravity experiments and hosted two space shuttle missions, including the last shuttle to visit the station. Garan also participated in the last space-shuttle-based spacewalk during the STS-135 mission.

During his time in space, Garan shared his experiences and images he took of Earth from the space station via his Twitter account, @Astro_Ron, and his Fragile Oasis blog.

Registration for the event was open to @NASA followers and their guests from 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, until 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. NASA will select 150 total participants by lottery from those who registered online.
Ron GaranIn the Unity node of the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 28 flight engineer, prepares the Reentry Breakup Recorder (REBR) for installation in the Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2). Image Credit: NASA

What is a tweetup?
A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. This Tweetup is an opportunity in Washington, D.C.

How do I register?
Registration opens at 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 and closes at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. NASA will accommodate a total of 150 tweeps and their guests randomly selected from those who sign up on the Web. NASA also will place some registrants on a waiting list.

Registration is for one person and your guest only, and is non-transferable.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for Twitter users who follow @NASA, @Astro_Ron, and other NASA Twitter accounts. The goal is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via Twitter to meet in person and discuss their favorite subjects: space and science.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA Headquarters in Washington and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

To be admitted, you will need to show a government-issued identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. Registrants must be at least 18 years old; their guests must be at least 5 years old.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend the Tweetup.

Does my registration include a guest?
Yes, you may bring a guest to this Tweetup. Your guest must be at least 5 years old.

What if I cannot come to Washington, D.C.?
If you cannot come to NASA Headquarters to attend in person, you do not need to register for the Tweetup. However, you can still plan to follow along with the event on Twitter via the hashtag #NASATweetup.

If you can't make this Tweetup, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various agency locations.

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 Jan. 31.

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