I got word this weekend that I’m invited to a #NASAsocial event for the MAVEN launch. The launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) will be at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is my third NASA Social – the first to see the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2011 and the second to learn more about the Precipitation Measurement Missions (GPM and TRMM) at Goddard Space Flight Center earlier this year.
For the MAVEN launch, 150 social media followers will have the opportunity to meet NASA scientists and to see the launch in person. Currently, MAVEN is scheduled to launch at 1:27 p.m. EST November 18 on an Atlas V rocket. According to the @NASAsocial folks, the attendees were chosen from 1,200+ applicants so I feel extremely lucky to be chosen to attend.
What will happen at the MAVEN NASA Social?
According to the event announcement, here are some of what participants will experience:
- View the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying MAVEN
- Hear first-hand accounts of the mission development and research goals from the MAVEN science and engineering teams from NASA Kennedy, Goddard and other organizations
- Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Note: All sites on KSC / CCAFS are subject to closure due to mission or operation requirements), including potential opportunities to:
- Inside look of Vehicle Assembly Building
- View the Atlas V launch pad
- Launch Control Center
- Meet and interact with representatives from NASA and other organizations.
- Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
- Meet members of NASA’s social media team
I’ll post more information about the event as I learn more. And, of course, I’ll be posting about the NASA Social when it happens.
- More photos from NASA
- GPM #NASAsocial: A day at NASA Goddard
- My Storify for the GPM #NASAsocial
- Witnessing history: Endeavour’s final launch