NASA Invites Reporters To Next Space Shuttle Launch And Tweetup

WASHINGTON -- At the next space shuttle launch, NASA will host 150
people from around the world and provide them with a
behind-the-scenes perspective to share with their followers via the
social networking service Twitter.

Reporters are invited to cover the NASA Tweetup and the liftoff of
shuttle Discovery, targeted for 4:40 p.m. EDT on Nov. 1, from the
agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To cover the launch
on-site, U.S. reporters must request credentials from Kennedy by
Wednesday, Oct. 20. Media representatives should submit requests online at:


Participants at the NASA Tweetup on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 will tour
Kennedy and meet with shuttle technicians, managers, engineers and
astronauts. They also will get a demonstration of Robonaut, a
human-like robot similar to the one that will be delivered to the
space station with this mission. The Tweetup culminates with the
viewing of the shuttle launch. At 2:15 p.m. EDT on Oct. 31, NASA will
use UStream to broadcast an hour of the Tweetup program at:


People are expected to attend from 38 states, the District of
Columbia, Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Japan, Latvia, New
Zealand and the Philippines.

Tweetup participants are coming from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah,
Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Attendees were selected randomly
from more than 2,700 online registrations.

Reporters interested in interviewing Tweetup attendees should contact
Stephanie Schierholz at 202-358-4997 or stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

To follow the Tweetup participants on Twitter as they experience the
prelaunch events and shuttle liftoff, follow the #NASATweetup hashtag
and the list of attendees at:


NASA also has a website where anyone -- including those not on Twitter
-- can follow along with the events:


To follow NASA on Twitter, visit:


For more information about space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission, visit:


To follow STS-133 crew member Nicole Stott as she tweets during the
mission, visit:


Source: NASA

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