[meteorite-list] NASA Hosts First Multi-Center Social Media Event for Mars Landing

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:53:03 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201206252253.q5PMr3Tb010431_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

June 25, 2012

John Yembrick / Jason Townsend
Headquarters, Washington
john.yembrick at nasa.gov / jason.c.townsend at nasa.gov

RELEASE: 12-216


WASHINGTON -- NASA is inviting its social media followers to the
first-ever multi-center NASA Social on Aug. 3 to preview the landing
of the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover on Aug. 6 EDT (Aug.
5 PDT). NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage
with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social

Events will be held simultaneously at six NASA field centers,
including Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.; Glenn
Research Center in Cleveland; Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Md.; Johnson Space Center in Houston; and, Langley
Research Center in Hampton, Va. Each center will be connected via a
multi-center NASA Television simulcast with NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., during its NASA Social, which
was previously announced. JPL, a division of the California Institute
of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
mission for NASA.

Participants will learn about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and
their respective NASA field center. They are encouraged to share
their experience with others through their favorite social networks.
Along with discussing MSL and Mars, participants will get a unique
behind-the-scenes look at the center and the diverse work of the
agency through tours and presentations with scientists, engineers and
managers. The events also will provide guests the opportunity to
interact with fellow social media users, space enthusiasts and
members of NASA's social media team.

Registration for the five new NASA Socials opens at noon EDT, Friday,
June 29, and closes at noon Tuesday, July 3. NASA randomly will
select participants from online registrations. People may register
for NASA Socials to be held at multiple locations, but selectees will
be chosen for one event only. Each field center's social and number
of guests allowed varies. For more information on each center's
activities and rules pertaining to NASA Social registration, visit:

It is anticipated that Curiosity will land at Mars' Gale crater at
approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6 (10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5). During
the two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the
selected area of Mars offered environmental conditions favorable for
microbial life or if evidence of it existed. For more information on
the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity mission, visit:


The public can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at:



For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit:

Received on Mon 25 Jun 2012 06:53:03 PM PDT

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