For the first time, NASA’s Twitter followers will have the opportunity to directly talk live with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. NASA is hosting the Tweetup for 35 people from 10 a.m. to noon EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, in Washington.
NASA Television and the agency’s Web site will provide live coverage of the Tweetup.
NASA Twitter followers in attendance at the Tweetup will have the opportunity to ask space station crew members Nicole Stott and Jeff Williams questions about what life is like in space during a 20-minute downlink.
Williams’ Twitter username is @Astro_Jeff, and Stott’s is @Astro_Nicole. The event will include a “meet and greet” session to allow participants to mingle with a former station astronaut and the staff behind the tweets on @NASA.
Earlier, NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the space shuttle mission to the International Space Station in June, shared updates about his training and flight on Twitter. He invited followers to submit video questions via YouTube that he could answer from orbit. (Read: Twitter to Tweet from the Space)
Among its other tech forays NASA joined hands with Google to release a Mars mode in Google Earth. The new feature will allow users to have on their desktops a high-resolution, 3D view of the Red Planet. (Read: Google Earth Lands on Mars Planet)
More information about the upcoming Tweetup is at: http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup