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First NASA Astronaut to "Check In" From Space Hosts Tweetup in the Nation's Capitol
NASA invites Twitter followers to a behind-the scenes NASA Tweetup with astronaut Doug Wheelock from 3:00-5:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 16, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. This NASA Tweetup is an opportunity to meet and speak with Wheelock, the people behind @NASA, and other space-exploration-minded participants.

On Oct. 22, 2010, Wheelock used the location-based social networking site Foursquare to "check-in" from space to the International Space Station using Foursquare's mobile site. His check-in unlocked the "NASA Explorer" badge and kicked off a partnership between NASA and Foursquare. Watch the video:

On June 15, 2010, Wheelock launched to the International Space Station and began a 6-month tour of duty abroad the orbiting laboratory. On Sept. 22, he assumed command of the station and Expedition 25 crew. During the mission, the Expedition 24 and 25 crew members worked on more than 120 microgravity experiments in human research; biology and biotechnology; physical and materials sciences; technology development; and Earth and space sciences. Wheelock returned to Earth on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 25, 2010.

While in space, Wheelock often took images of Earth and used his Twitter account, @Astro_Wheels, to send them back to the home planet.

The NASA Tweetup will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington.

Registration for the event was open from 4 p.m. EDT, Monday, Feb. 28 until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. NASA will randomly select 100 participants from Web registrants. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

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, DC.

How do I register?
Registration for the event was open from 4 p.m. EDT, Monday, Feb. 28 until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. NASA will accommodate 100 tweeps randomly selected from those who sign up on the Web. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Registration is for one person (you) and one guest, and is non-transferrable. In the case of multiple entries for the same individual, only the first entry received will be considered.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for Twitter users who follow @NASA, @Astro_Wheels, @NASATweetup 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.

The Twitter account for the Tweetup is @NASATweetup, and the hashtag is #NASATweetup. We'll use both to post updates and reminders about the event.

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 photo 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; however, their guests do not need to be 18 or older.

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. Each registration provides a place for one person (you) and one guest. We recommend your guest be at least 5 years old to appreciate the event. Registration is for you and that guest and is non-transferrable.

If I went to a previous NASA Tweetup, can I register to attend this one?

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 and in NASA's Buzzroom.

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 on the guest list?
After NASA has received and processed the registrations, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications no later than March 8.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the Tweetup qualify me for media accreditation?
Your Tweetup registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at any NASA Center, now or in the future.

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