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May 30, 2012 • Come get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of Landsat mission control, take part in a NASA press conference and learn to craft your very own Landsat image. NASA will host a daylong event for 25 social media followers on at the Newseum and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The event will take place on Monday, July 23. It begins at 10 a.m. with the gathering of the attendees for an 11 a.m. NASA press conference at the Newseum in Washington, DC, continues at Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland, and ends at approximately 7 p.m. back at the Newseum.

NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • take part in a televised NASA press conference
  • tour the Landsat mission control center and satellite engineering and test facilities at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
  • speak to Landsat engineers and scientists
  • create your own Landsat image
  • meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • meet members of Landsat and NASA’s social media teams

Register Now!

What is a NASA Social?
A NASA Social is an informal meeting of people who use social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Participants at this event will be provided a unique in-person experience with Landsat and NASA, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social network.

Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the Landsat program and details on the upcoming launch in 2013 of the next satellite in the Landsat series – the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), which will become Landsat 8.

NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) jointly manage Landsat, and the USGS preserves a 40-year archive of Landsat images that is freely available over the Internet.

Landsat measurements make up the longest continuous space-based record of the Earth’s surface in existence. The measurements allow scientists and land managers to monitor a wide variety of Earth events including agricultural patterns and water use, urban growth and the health and extent of Earth’s forests.

How do I register?
Registration is open from 12 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 and closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 4, 2012. NASA accepts 25 participants, with 25 others on a wait list.

Registration is for one person only and is non-transferable.

Because this event takes place at a NASA research center with restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow Landsat or NASA on Twitter (@NASA_Landsat@NASA@NASASocial), Facebook (NASALandsat) or Google+ (NASA). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #NASASocial. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to the Newseum in Washington, DC and attend the daylong event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

Goddard is a government facility. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show government-issued identification with a photo that match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Because portions of this event may take place in restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens. If you have a green card, you will be processed as a U.S. citizen. Those who are selected will need to complete an additional registration step to receive clearance to enter the secure areas. To be admitted, you will need to show government-issued identification with a photo that match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest. Each registration provides a place for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

What if I cannot come to Washington, DC?
If you cannot come to Washington to attend in person, you should not register for the NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter. NASA may broadcast a portion of the program on July 23. You can watch the launch on July 23 on NASA TV.

If you cannot make this NASA Social, don’t despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check back on http://www.nasa.gov/social for updates.

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications by June 20.

If you do not make the registration list for this NASA Social, you can still participate in the conversation online.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?
Your NASA Social registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, now or in the future.

Have a question not answered here? Need more information? Help is available by sending an email to HQ-social@nasa.gov.

Further Information:
A Celebration for the Longest Running Earth-observing Satellite Program—Ever