NASA is embracing the cultural phenomenon of social media in stride.
The aerospace giant announced it has rewarded 20 of its Twitter followers with a behind-the-scenes access at the launch of the agency’s next Earth-observing satellite mission, the NPP.
Participants will be active in the daylong Tweetup program at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday, Oct. 27 and view the launch of NASA’s NPP satellite, which is scheduled to lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket on Friday, Oct. 28.
More than 625 people registered for the contest online. The winners are being given the unique opportunity to become space reporters for the day and will be posting pictures and inside information on their personal Twitter accounts.
Several key members of NASA will be addressing the Tweeters such as Astronaut Piers Sellers; NPP Project Scientist Jim Gleason; NPP Systems Manager Janice Smith; NASA Launch Director Tim Dunn; and Scott Asbury, a senior program manager with Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Corp. in Boulder, Colo.
NASA will be broadcasting portions of the Tweetup on their official televised website.