From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
One-hundred people from 22 U.S. states and some foreign countries will attend a two-day NASA Social on Nov. 4 and 5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
The attendees, who follow NASA and JPL on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks, will tour JPL, participate in interactive events and hear from scientists and engineers about current and upcoming space- and Earth-observing missions. Attendees will share their experiences with their followers through the various social media platforms.
The Nov. 4 events will highlight NASA's role in studying Earth and its climate and will preview three Earth-observing missions JPL is preparing for launch in 2014: the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft, which will measure soil moisture from space; ISS-RapidScat, which will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station; and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), which will study atmospheric carbon dioxide from space. Tour stops will include the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, where SMAP and ISS-RapidScat are being built, and JPL's Earth Science Center. The upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, which will measure snowfall from space, will also be discussed. GPM is managed by Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
The Nov. 5 events will focus on JPL planetary science missions, including the interstellar Voyager and the Curiosity Mars rover. Tour stops will include mission control for NASA's Deep Space Network and the Mars Yard, where rovers undergo test drives.
NASA Social attendees were selected from more than 475 people who registered online. Participants represent Canada, Croatia, Indonesia, Norway, Peru, the United States and the United Kingdom. Attendees from the U.S. come from 22 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
To cover the NASA Social, media must arrange access in advance through Courtney O'Connor in JPL Media Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-354-2274.
The specific deadline for media who want to join the Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m. tour is Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. Tour stops include the Spacecraft Assembly Facility and JPL's Earth Science Center. Non-U.S. citizens must also bring valid passports.
To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Social, follow the hashtag #NASASocial.
More information about connecting and collaborating with NASA is at: http://www.nasa.gov/connect .
More information about SMAP is online at: http://smap.jpl.nasa.gov/ . More information about ISS-RapidScat is at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/ISSRapidScat.html and http://winds.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/RapidScat/ .
More information about OCO-2 is at: http://oco.jpl.nasa.gov/ .
The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.
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