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Go Behind-the-Scenes at NASA

Are you active on social media? Want to go behind-the-scenes at NASA and meet our scientists, engineers, astronauts and managers? Want to see and feel a rocket launch in-person? Then you would love our NASA Social events!

A NASA Social is a program that provides opportunities for our social media followers (like you!) to learn and share information about our missions, people and programs. Formerly known as NASA Tweetups, these socials include both special in-person events and social media credentials for people who share the news in a significant way. To date, this program has brought thousands of people together for unique social media experiences of exploration and discovery.

NASA Socials range from two hours to two days in length and include a “meet and greet” session to allow participants to mingle with fellow socialites and the people behind our social media accounts. The participants are selected from those who register their interest for the event on the web.

Do you need to have a social media account to register for a NASA Social? 

Yes. The socials are designed for social media users who follow @NASA on a variety of platforms. The goal of NASA Socials is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via these platforms to meet in person and discuss one of their favorite subjects: NASA!

What types of events have we hosted in the past? Take a look:

Participants for a NASA Social surrounding the launch of a SpaceX cargo vehicle to the International Space Station met with former Deputy Administrator Lori Garver underneath the engines of the Saturn V rocket.

A participant at a NASA Social in Washington tweets as he listens to astronaut Joe Acaba answer questions about his time living aboard the International Space Station.

Juno launch Tweetup participants pose for a group photo with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden with the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in the background at Kennedy Space Center.

And of course, some of our NASA Socials culminate with a rocket launch! You can experience one in-person. Apply to attend a once in a lifetime experience. 

For more information about NASA Social events, and to see upcoming opportunities, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/social

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

Expedition 32 landing

The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 32 Commander Gennady Padalka of Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Russian Flight Engineer Sergie Revin in a remote area near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Monday, September 17, 2012. Padalka, Acaba and Revin returned from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 31 and 32 crews.

Photo Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

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Today was incredible. Earlier this afternoon, NASA provided me and 13 other social media users the opportunity to speak with the Expedition 32 crew who are aboard the international space station. My question to astronaut Suni Williams: “What experiments are being conducted aboard the space station?” She replied, but I haven’t the slightest idea what she said. My heart was pounding and all I could think about was whether or not my voice was clear. Essentially, my brain turned to mush and I couldn’t hear anything anymore. If it weren’t for this video, I’d still be in the dark!

All the questions and answers were great (there’s even one in Spanish), but if you want to skip ahead and hear my question, it’s at 17:14.

That horizontal humanoid photobombing the astronauts is Robonaut 2, a dexterous robot designed to help the astronauts when they need an extra pair of hands.