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NASA Will Host 150 People For Tweetup At Launch Of Jupiter-Bound Mission



June 24, 2011

Stephanie L. Schierholz 
Headquarters, Washington                                
202-358-4997 
stephanie.schierholz@xxxxxxxx 

Veronica McGregor 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. 
818-354-9452 
veronica.c.mcgregor@xxxxxxxxxxxx 



MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-131

NASA WILL HOST 150 PEOPLE FOR TWEETUP AT LAUNCH OF JUPITER-BOUND MISSION

WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its 
Twitter followers on Aug. 4 - 5 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center 
in Florida. The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the 
Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket. 

The launch window opens at 11:39 a.m. EDT on Aug. 5. The spacecraft is 
expected to arrive at Jupiter in 2016. The mission will investigate 
the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. 
Juno's color camera will provide close-up images of Jupiter, 
including the first detailed glimpse of the planet's poles. 

The Tweetup will provide @NASA Twitter followers with the opportunity 
to tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; speak with 
scientists and engineers from the Juno and other upcoming missions; 
and, if all goes as scheduled, view the spacecraft launch. The event 
also will provide participants the opportunity to meet fellow tweeps 
and members of NASA's social media team. 

Juno is the second of four space missions launching this year, making 
2011 one of the busiest ever in planetary exploration. Aquarius was 
launched June 10 to study ocean salinity; Grail will launch Sept. 8 
to study the moon's gravity field; and the Mars Science 
Laboratory/Curiosity rover heads to the Red Planet no earlier than 
Nov. 25. 

Tweetup registration opens at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 24, and closes at 
3 p.m. on Monday, June 27. NASA will randomly select 150 participants 
from online registrations. For more information about the Tweetup and 
registration, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup 


For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit: 










http://www.nasa.gov/connect 


Juno's principal investigator is Scott Bolton of the Southwest 
Research Institute in San Antonio. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
in Pasadena, Calif., manages the mission. 

For more information, visit: 










http://www.nasa.gov/juno 


and 



http://missionjuno.swri.edu 

	
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