We might not have the shuttle launches to watch any more, but NASA is still firing spacecraft into outer space. And now the agency is holding a social media event that will give 150 of its social media followers an insider's look at America's space program and the opportunity to see a launch in person.
The NASA Social, scheduled Nov. 16 and 18 to coincide with the launch of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), will be held at the agency's Kennedy Space Center.
MAVEN is scheduled to launch at 1:27 p.m. on Nov. 18 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The mission will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.
Registration for the NASA Social is now open and will close at 3 p.m. Sept. 27. Participants will be selected from online registrations.
This event is designed for active social media users who follow NASA on Twitter (@NASA, @NASASocial, @NASAGoddard, @ExploreSpaceKSC, @NASAKennedy, @MAVEN2Mars, @NASA_LSP), Facebook (NASA, NASA Kennedy, NASA Goddard and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) or Google+ (NASA, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration.
Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #NASASocial and #MAVEN. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASAKennedy, @NASAGoddard, @MAVEN2Mars, @NASA_LSP and @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.
NASA Social participants who are selected will have the opportunity to:
• View the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying MAVEN
• Hear first-hand accounts of the mission development and research goals from the MAVEN science and engineering teams from NASA Kennedy, Goddard and other organizations
• Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Note: All sites on KSC / CCAFS are subject to closure due to mission or operation requirements), including potential opportunities to: get an inside look of Vehicle Assembly Building, view the Atlas V launch pad, view the Launch Control Center, meet and interact with representatives from NASA and other organizations, meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media and meet members of NASA's social media team.
For more information, go to nasa.gov.