[amsat-bb] NASA Twitting Mars Rover Launch
clintbradford at mac.com
Wed Nov 16 08:12:50 PST 2011
NASA INVITES 150 LUCKY TWITTER FOLLOWERS TO LAUNCH OF MARS ROVER
WASHINGTON -- NASA has invited 150 followers of the agency's Twitter
account to a two-day launch Tweetup on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's
Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the Mars Science
Laboratory's Curiosity rover aboard an Atlas V rocket from nearby
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The launch window is scheduled to open at 10:25 a.m. EST on Nov. 25.
Curiosity's arrival at Mars is anticipated in August 2012 near Gale
Crater. During the nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will
investigate whether a selected area of Mars offered environmental
conditions favorable for microbial life and preserved that evidence,
if it existed.
Tweetup participants were selected from more than 1,050 people who
registered online. They will share their Tweetup experiences with
their followers through the social networking site Twitter.
Participants represent the United States, Australia, Belgium, Brazil,
Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Attendees from the U.S. come from the District of Columbia and 37
states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia,
Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, NASA will broadcast a
portion of the Tweetup when attendees talk with Jim Green, Planetary
Science division director, and Doug McCuistion, Mars Exploration
program director, both at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Engineers
from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., where the
rover was designed and built will speak, as will mission scientists.
To watch the broadcast, visit:
Participants also will tour Kennedy and Cape Canaveral, including a
close-up visit to the launch pad. On launch day, they will speak with
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; Leland Melvin, NASA's assistant
administrator for education; astronaut Doug Wheelock and Bill Nye the
Reporters credentialed to cover the launch also may cover the NASA
Tweetup at Kennedy's press site. Reporters interested in interviewing
Tweetup attendees in advance should contact Stephanie Schierholz at
202-358-1100 or stephanie.schierholz at nasa.gov.
NASA has invited its Twitter followers to attend eight previous
launches: NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP; the twin
GRAIL spacecraft bound for the moon; the Juno spacecraft on its way
to Jupiter; and five space shuttle missions.
To follow participants on Twitter as they experience the prelaunch
events and Curiosity's liftoff, follow the #NASATweetup hashtag and
the list of attendees at:
JPL manages the mission. NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy is
managing the launch.
For more information about the Mars Curiosity rover, visit:
Interact with the mission via Twitter and Facebook accounts at:
To connect with NASA on Twitter and other social networking sites,
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