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NASA Wallops Tweetup Open to Both Twitter Followers, Facebook Fans
Do you follow NASA on Twitter or "like" the space agency on Facebook? If so, NASA invites you to register for a behind-the-scenes tour of its Wallops Flight Facility. NASA will host a total of 50 social media guests from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 21 in Wallops Island, Virginia.

It is the first NASA Tweetup at which registration is open to both the agency's Twitter followers and Facebook fans and their guests.

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility is home to NASA’s suborbital and special orbital missions. Wallops also is home to NASA's only owned and operated launch range, as well as a research airport. Orbital Sciences Corporation will be launching its Taurus II launch vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Flight Facility beginning in 2012 as part of the commercial re-supply of the International Space Station.

Participants will interact with NASA experts and tour the sounding rocket manufacturing facility, range control center, balloon research laboratory, aircraft hangar, and island launch facilities.

Registration for this event will open at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 23 and close at noon on Monday, Sept. 26. Those who sign up may register to bring a guest. NASA will randomly select a total of 50 participants. Because Wallops is a government facility with restricted access, the event is open only to U.S. citizens.

What is a tweetup?
A tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. For the first time, this tweetup is an opportunity for those who follow @NASA or who "like" NASA on Facebook to learn more about the agency and its Wallops Flight Facility.

How do I register?
Registration is now closed. It was open on this page from 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 23, until Noon on Monday, Sept. 26. NASA will accommodate a total of 50 participants randomly selected from those who sign up. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Registration is for you and your guest only and is non-transferable.

Do I need to have a Twitter account or Facebook page to register?
This event is designed for people who regularly interact with NASA via social media tools Twitter or Facebook. Registration is open to those who are active Twitter users who follow @NASA, @NASATweetup and other NASA Twitter accounts or fans of NASA or NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Facebook. The goal of NASA tweetups is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social media to meet in person and discuss one of their favorite subjects: NASA.

The Twitter account for the tweetup is @NASATweetup, and the hashtag is #NASATweetup. The Wallops Facebook fan site can be found at We'll use all to post updates and reminders about the event.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Wallops is a government facility with restricted access, so the event is open only to U.S. citizens. To be admitted, you will need to show photo identification that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old; registrants' guests do not need to be 18.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Because this NASA tweetup takes place on a facility with restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.

Does my registration include a guest?
Yes, each registrant may also register one guest. Each guest must be a U.S. citizen and must be at least 9 years old.

If I have been to a tweetup before, can I register to attend this one?
Remember what an awesome experience it was attend a NASA Tweetup? You had a fantastic experience and were part of an incredible group, and it is tempting to recreate that. We’re not surprised you want to attend another one at different location. A goal of this NASA tweetup is to provide an opportunity to experience a tweetup for those who have not yet had the chance. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to allow someone new the opportunity to enjoy this amazing event.

What if I cannot come to Virginia?
If you cannot come to Wallops Flight Facility to attend in person, you should not register. You can follow the tweetup conversation on Twitter using the #NASATweetup hashtag or on the Wallops Facebook Page.

If you cannot make this tweetup, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check out for updates.

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 on Tuesday, October 4.

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