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Join the Webb Space Telescope Global NASA Social! 

Ready to #UnfoldTheUniverse? The greatest origin story of all unfurls with the James Webb Space Telescope — the most powerful space telescope ever made.

Social media users are invited to take part in our global virtual NASA Social for James Webb Space Telescope mission, an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). This mission is scheduled to launch at 7:20 a.m. EST (12:20 UTC), Dec. 22, 2021, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.  

Webb is the largest and most powerful space science telescope ever constructed. It will observe a part of space and time never seen before, providing a wealth of amazing views into an era when the very first stars and galaxies formed — over 13.5 billion years ago. Webb can explore our own solar system’s residents with new eyes, as well as study the atmospheres of distant worlds. From newly forming stars to black holes, Webb will reveal all this and more!  

In the Webb Space Telescope Virtual Social, you’ll be joined by NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you! Seize the opportunity to blog, tweet, post or simply share everything about the Webb mission. We are excited to present an opportunity for people of all ages from around the world to participate. 

Webb social participants will have the opportunity to: 

  • Receive early access to Webb augmented reality effects 
  • Connect virtually with a community of people excited to #UnfoldTheUniverse 
  • Watch behind-the-scenes videos about the mission   
  • Obtain your own NASA Social badge to share  
  • Learn more about the international aspects of the mission and its science goals 
  • Watch the launch together with live moderated chat

 The Webb Space Telescope Social event page opens on Dec. 7 and everyone is invited to join by selecting the “Going” button. Please note by attending the virtual event, you are explicitly agreeing to a set of rules/guidelines and anyone who breaks these rules may be banned from the event page. 

All resources, participation, and registration are FREE. Register below to let us know that you’re virtually participating! 


Do I need to have a Facebook 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. 
  • Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized. 

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #UnfoldTheUniverse, #NASAWebb, and #NASASocial. You can also track Webb’s journey on social media. Follow these accounts for the latest: 

How do I join? 

Select “Going” for this event on the designated Facebook event page. Please note: By “attending” the Facebook event, you are explicitly agreeing to the group’s rules as set forth by NASA. 

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen? 

Yes! This is a global NASA Social, and we would love for you to be a part of it. 

What if I don’t have a Facebook account? 

If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still join us virtually with Eventbrite to experience the launch of the Webb mission! Register here. You’re also welcome to watch and participate in the launch by tuning in on Dec. 22 for the launch broadcast. You can watch live on FacebookTwitterYouTubeTwitch, Daily Motion, or NASA TV. Join the conversation with the hashtag #UnfoldTheUniverse. 

What if the launch date changes? 

Hundreds of different factors can cause a scheduled launch date to change multiple times. If the launch date changes prior, NASA may adjust the date of the NASA Social accordingly to coincide with the new target launch date. NASA will notify registrants of any changes on the Facebook event page. 

If the launch is postponed, attendees will be able to watch the launch at a later date on the Facebook event page. 

Check for updates. 

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