NASA will host an event for 40 of its social media followers on Sept. 19-20 at the agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The NASA Social will welcome space shuttle Endeavour to Southern California, where r is expected to arrive at Dryden on Sept. 19 and depart Sept. 20 for Los Angeles International Airport, where it will remain in a hangar until its transfer in October to a permanent home at the California Science Center.
NASA Social guests will have a rare opportunity to see the landing and departure of Endeavour as it rides piggyback on NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Participants also will speak with experts, tour shuttle support vehicles and other NASA aircraft, and interact with fellow NASA social media followers, space enthusiasts and members of NASA’s social media team.
During the two-day event, NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:
- View the landing and departure of Endeavour as it rides piggyback on NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
- Tour shuttle support vehicles and other NASA aircraft
- Interact with fellow NASA social media followers, space enthusiasts and members of NASA’s social media team.
- View and take photographs of Endeavour as it lands, stages and departs for Los Angeles
What is a NASA Social?
A NASA Social is an informal meeting of people who use social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Participants at this event will be provided a unique in-person experience at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base that they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social networks.
How do I register?
NASA Social registration opens at noon EDT Tuesday, Aug. 28, and closes at noon EDT Thursday, Aug. 30. NASA will randomly select participants from online registrations. NASA will accept 40 participants, with 20 others on a wait list. Registration is for one person, aged 18 and over only, and is non-transferable. Because this event takes place at a facility with restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.
Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow NASA missions on Twitter (@NASA, @NASASocial,@NASADryden, etc.), Facebook (NASA, NASA Dryden) or Google+ (NASA). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who 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. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.
What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to NASA Dryden and attend the event in person. The Center is a tenant of Edwards Air Force Base, which is located on the western edge of the Mojave Desert and about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodations, food and other amenities.
Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly. Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base is a government facility. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter secure areas. Upon arrival, you will be asked to show a government-issued identification with a photo that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.
Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
No, the Endeavour NASA Social cannot accept registrations from non-U.S. citizens.
Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest. Each registration provides a place for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.
What if I cannot come to the event?
If you cannot come to California to attend in person, you should not register for this NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial and #OV105 hashtags on Twitter. NASA will broadcast a portion of the NASA Social.
If you cannot make this NASA Social, don’t despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check back on http://www.nasa.gov/social for updates.
When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications on or around Thursday, Sept. 6.
If you do not make the registration list for this NASA Social, you can still participate in the conversation online.
Does registration for and/or attendance at the NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation? Your NASA Social registration and/or attendance do not qualify you for news media credentials at any NASA field center, now or in the future.
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For information about NASA Dryden, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/dryden
For more information on space shuttle Endeavour, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/endeavour-info.html