Thanks To @NASA, 150 Twitter Fans Get To See Final Space Shuttle Launch In Person This Friday

This Friday, April 29, the space shuttle Endeavour blasts off for the last time, in its 25th and final mission.

Endeavour was the fifth and final space shuttle to be built, and the launch on Friday will be the penultimate space shuttle flight. Space shuttle Atlantis, due to take off on June 28, 2011, will be the final mission before the space shuttle program is officially retired after 30 years of service.

And thanks to a special giveaway on Twitter by @NASA, 150 lucky Twitter fans have bagged a once-in-a-lifetime prize.

On March 15, the official @NASA profile on Twitter tweeted out a special message.

Over 4,100 people registered from around the world, including the USA (43 states), Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Venezuela.

The competition closed within 24 hours, and winners were selected at random. Their prize includes a tour of Kennedy Space Center and a spacesuit demonstration, but it’s that last-chance-to-see Endeavour launch that’s going to reserve a special place in the memory banks.

You can see a list of all confirmed attendees in this special NASA list, and follow #NASATweetup on Twitter for the latest news on the launchees.

This is the fourth time NASA has offered Twitter followers the privilege of witnessing a space shuttle launch. If you missed out, NASA has just opened a new registration page for a tweetup for 120 followers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 6.

But hurry – registration closes at 3pm ET on Wednesday, April 27.