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NASA Twitter Followers Will Fly Shuttle Simulator During Tweetup At Johnson Space Center



June 27, 2011

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

Amiko Kauderer 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
281-483-5111 
amiko.kauderer-1@xxxxxxxx 

RELEASE: 11-207

NASA TWITTER FOLLOWERS WILL FLY SHUTTLE SIMULATOR DURING TWEETUP AT JOHNSON SPACE CENTER

HOUSTON -- So you think you can pilot the space shuttle? NASA will 
give 30 of its Twitter followers a chance to test their skills at 
space shuttle ascent, rendezvous or landing aboard the same simulator 
astronauts use to train for their missions. 

NASA's Johnson Space Center is hosting a daylong Tweetup on July 19, 
during space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission to the International 
Space Station. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour at 
Johnson and a hands-on opportunity aboard the shuttle simulator to 
take control in a training scenario. The tour includes a look at the 
Mission Control Center and astronauts' training facilities. Visitors 
also will have the opportunity to speak with flight directors, 
trainers, astronauts and managers. 

Atlantis is targeted to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in 
Florida at 10:26 a.m. CDT on July 8. If it launches as planned, the 
Tweetup will take place one day before the last orbiter of the 
shuttle fleet makes its final landing. 

Tweetup registration opens at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, and closes 
24 hours later at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29. NASA will select 30 
individuals randomly from the online registrants. 

Reporters are invited to cover the Tweetup from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Media 
representatives planning to attend should contact Tammie 
Letroise-Brown at 281-483-4942. 

For more information about the Tweetup and to register, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup 


To follow NASA programs and astronauts on Twitter, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/connect 


For more information about space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission, 
visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle 

	
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