NASA Hosts Tweetup for Mars Rover Launch Thanksgiving Weekend

One hundred and fifty lucky people will be able to will be able to say that they had turkey with a rocket launch this  Thanksgiving weekend.

Continuing with their outreach to social media outlets, NASA has invited 150 tweeters to Kennedy Space Center in Canveral, Florida this week to witness the lift-off of the Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Station.

The two-day tweet-up Tweetup participants who were selected from more than 1,050 people who registered online will share their Tweetup experiences with their followers through the social networking site Twitter and other online forums.

The Tweetup participants who represent more than 10 countries and the District of Columbia and 37 states. Besides the launch, participants will get the opportunity to tour Kennedy Space Center, and Cape Canveral ir Station, including a close-up view of the launch pad. On launch day, they will speak with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; Leland Melvin, NASA’s assistant administrator for education; astronaut Doug Wheelock and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

To follow participants on Twitter as they experience the prelaunch events and Curiosity’s liftoff, follow the #NASATweetup hashtag and the list of attendees at: https://twitter.com/NASATweetup/mars-curiosity .

The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover aboard an Atlas V rocket from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 26 at 10:02.

Curiosity’s arrival at Mars’ Gale Crater is anticipated in August 2012. During the nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether a selected area of Mars offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life and preserved that evidence, if it existed.

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