Explore The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory For Free!
NASA first integrated with Twitter back in 2009, and has been networked closely with the social media service ever since. The latest Tweetup will include NASA choosing 120 Twitter followers at random to visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday, June 6th. NASA notes that since only four space missions left for this year and an asteroid belt encounter almost underway, 2011 will be one of the busiest years in planetary exploration.
Tweetup participants will get to interact with JPL scientists and engineers and learn about the upcoming missions: Aquarius (study ocean salinity), Grail (study moon’s gravirt field), Juno to Jupiter, and the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover. The selected participants will also get to learn about the Dawn mission and the upcoming encounter with the asteroid Vesta. Participants will also get to see robotics demonstrations.
The 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. Please note that the official Twitter account for the Tweetup is @JPLTeweetup, winners will receive e-mail notifications by May 4th. The NASA tweetup will start today at 3PM EST and will run for 24 hours.