NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory plans to host a Tweetup for 120 Twitter followers on Monday, June 6, 2011. The venture is based on the premise of four space missions launching this year and an asteroid belt encounter nearly underway.
This year Earthlings are in for one of the busiest ever planetary explorations. NASA says, “Tweetup participants will interact with JPL scientists and engineers about these upcoming missions: Aquarius, to study ocean salinity; Grail, to study the moon’s gravity field; Juno to Jupiter; and the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover.”
Dawn mission and its upcoming encounter with the asteroid Vesta are included in the interaction. Participants of the Tweetup will include a tour of JPL, robotics demonstrations and a last chance to see the Curiosity rover before it ships to Florida to prepare for a November launch. NASA site explains, “Tour stops will include the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, where Curiosity is under construction, the mission control center of NASA’s Deep Space Network, and JPL’s new Earth Science Visitor Center. “
Tweetup participants will be able to socialize with fellow attendees and the staff behind the tweets on @NASA, @NASAJPL, @MarsRovers and @AsteroidWatch.
Registration for the event opens at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, April 26, and it closes at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. NASA Tweetup participants are randomly selected from those who sign up on the Web. Additional registrants are placed on a waiting list.
NASA Television plans to broadcast portions of the Tweetup on June 6, 2011.
The Tweetup project sounds like a fun way to spend some free time with my daughter during the summer, so I’ve marked my calendar to sign up on April 26, 2011. I hope we are picked!