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NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Mars Landing Event
Artist concept of Curiosity rover and astronaut bird. This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover along with an illustrated astronaut bird. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will host a 3-day NASA Social for 25 of its social media followers Aug. 3-5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Social is scheduled to culminate in the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover at Mars' Gale crater. The landing is anticipated at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6).

The event will offer people who engage with NASA through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks the opportunity to tour JPL, speak with scientists and engineers, participate in news conferences and, if all goes as planned, be at the media site when the first signal of the rover's landing is detected by JPL mission control. The event also will provide participants the opportunity to interact with fellow tweeps, space enthusiasts and members of NASA's social media team.

During the two-year prime mission, Curiosity will investigate whether the selected area of Mars offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life or if evidence of it existed.

JPL has 23 spacecraft and 10 instruments conducting active missions of exploration of Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond. These ventures, including Voyager, Cassini and the Opportunity Mars rover, are enabled by NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN). Managed by JPL, the DSN is an international network of antenna complexes for communications between spacecraft and Earth-based teams that guide them. NASA Social guests will meet team members from some of these missions and tour DSN mission control.

NASA Social registration opens at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) Wednesday, June 6, and closes at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT Friday, June 8). NASA will randomly select 25 participants from online registrations.

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To follow the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity mission via Facebook and Twitter, visit:

Veronica McGregor 818-354-9452
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Jason C. Townsend 202-358-0359
Headquarters, Washington