NASA Announces New Partnership With Foursquare Astronaut Doug Wheelock "Checks In" From International Space Station

WASHINGTON -- NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander
Doug Wheelock became the first person to "check in" from space Friday
using the mobile social networking application Foursquare.

Wheelock's check in to the space station launches a partnership
between NASA and Foursquare to connect its users to the space agency,
enabling them to explore the universe and discover Earth.

The partnership also features a customized section of the Foursquare
website for NASA, where the agency will provide official tips and
information about the nation's space program in locations throughout
the United States.

"NASA's work ranges from proving flight technologies to exploring the
universe," said Bob Jacobs, deputy associate administrator for
communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Partnering with
Foursquare allows NASA to connect directly with the people who visit
our locations and share with them the interesting things that happen
at each place."

When Wheelock checked in to the space station venue using Foursquare's
mobile site, he received a message that revealed a new Foursquare
badge: "You are now 220 miles above Earth traveling at 17,500 mph and
unlocked the NASA Explorer Badge! Show this badge and get a free
scoop of astronaut ice cream."

When Wheelock completes his mission and returns to Earth at the end of
November, the NASA Explorer badge will be available for Foursquare
users to earn.

"Check-ins from around the world have been cool, but this blew my
mind!" said Dennis Crowley, CEO and co-founder of Foursquare. "We're
psyched to partner with NASA to help users explore the space program
and the universe."

Foursquare users check in to venues wherever they go using the service
to find nearby friends; get helpful tips about the places they're
visiting; and be challenged and rewarded for experiencing new things.

As result of the partnership, Foursquare users who check in to a
NASA-related venue will find information from NASA about the
location. For example, someone checking in at the agency's
headquarters in Washington will discover that a replica of NASA
astrophysicist John Mather's Nobel Prize is on display in the lobby.

Wheelock launched to the space station as a flight engineer for the
Expedition 24 crew on June 15. On Sept. 22, he assumed command of the
orbiting laboratory and Expedition 25. During his time in space, he
and astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson conducted three spacewalks to
replace a faulty cooling pump module on the station's backbone, known
as the truss. Additionally, the Expedition 24 and 25 crew members
continue work on more than 100 microgravity experiments in human
research, biology and biotechnology, physical and materials sciences,
technology development, and Earth and space sciences.

JESS3 designed the customized NASA page for Foursquare and produced
the check-in video.

NASA's page on Foursquare, the official location of the partnership,
can be found and followed at:


More information about the partnership, including links to Wheelock's
Foursquare and Twitter accounts and video of the check in from the
space station, will be posted at:


For more information about Foursquare, visit:


For more information about the International Space Station, visit:


Source: NASA

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