Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington     
Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Amiko Kauderer
Johnson Space Center, Houston

April 28, 2010
NASA Invites Reporters To Next Space Shuttle Launch And Tweetups
WASHINGTON -- At the next space shuttle launch, NASA will host 150 people from around the world and provide them with a behind-the-scenes perspective to share with their followers via the social networking service Twitter. Reporters are invited to cover the NASA Tweetup and the liftoff of shuttle Atlantis, targeted for 2:20 p.m. EDT on May 14, from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

To cover the launch on-site, U.S. reporters must request credentials from Kennedy by May 2. Media representatives should submit requests online at:


Participants at the NASA Tweetup on May 13 and 14 will meet with shuttle technicians, managers, engineers and astronauts, take a tour of Kennedy and view the shuttle launch. People are expected to attend from more than 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and England. Attendees were randomly selected from more than 1,000 online registrations. To follow the Tweetup participants as they experience the prelaunch events and shuttle liftoff, visit:


NASA will host an additional Tweetup May 19 at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to provide a different perspective of shuttle mission operations. At Johnson, participants will tour the center, view mission control and astronauts' training facilities, and speak with managers, flight directors, trainers and astronauts. Registration to participate in the Johnson Tweetup opens at 10 a.m. Friday, April 30, and closes at 10 a.m. Monday, May 3. To register, visit:


To follow NASA on Twitter, visit:



For more information about the space shuttle Atlantis STS-132 mission, visit:



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