NASA plans Tweetup event for Space Shuttle mission
Selected Twitter followers will get a tour of Johnson Space Center
A small group of followers of NASA's Twitter feeds will participate in a Tweetup event at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they will get a behind-the-scenes look at a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station, according to the space agency.
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The Tweetup will take place on Feb. 17 during space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour is targeted to launch on Feb. 7.
NASA will randomly select 100 persons on Twitter from a pool of registrants who sign up on the Web, the agency said. Another 50 registrants will be added to a waiting list. Registration for the event ends today.
During the event, NASA Twitter followers will tour the center and view Mission Control and astronauts' training facilities. Participants also will speak with flight directors, trainers, astronauts and managers.
The Tweetup will include a meet and greet session to allow participants to mingle with fellow Tweeps and the staff behind the tweets on @NASA.
"This is the home of all of the astronauts and the historic Mission Control Center,” said NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who also is known as @astro_Mike. “It's an outstanding location to provide our Twitter community with an insider's view of human spaceflight. I'll be on one of the two mission control teams working at that time to keep Endeavour and space station operating safely.”
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.