A NASA Social event is an informal meeting of people who engage with NASA social media accounts. Social events provide NASA followers with the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at NASA facilities and events and speak with scientists, engineers, astronauts and managers. 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 NASA’s social media accounts. NASA Social participants are randomly selected from those who register their interest for the event on the Web. Additional registrants are placed on a waiting list.
I’ve been lucky enough to participate in five of these events at four different NASA locations around the country. Here are links to the blog posts and Flickr photo sets for each event.
- STS-132 Mission Tweetup at Johnson Space Center – May 20, 2010
- Ames Planet Hunters Tweetup at Ames Research Center on February 11, 2011
- STS-135 Mission Tweetup at Johnson Space Center on July 19, 2011
- Showcasing Aeronautics NASASocial at Dryden Flight Research Center on May 4, 2012
- Landsat NASASocial for Landsat Data Continuity Mission (Landsat 8) Launch on February 10 & 11, 2013
- NASA Telerobotics Social Media Availability at NASA Ames Research Center on July 26, 2013
- Hubble 25 NASASocial in Washington, DC/Goddard Spaceflight Center on April 23, 2015
- SLS QM2 Rocket Test NASASocial in Promontory Utah on June 27 and 28, 2016