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NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Invite Social Media Followers to Welcome Space Shuttle Discovery



March 9, 2012

Trent J. Perrotto 
Headquarters, Washington      
202-358-0321 
trent.j.perrotto@xxxxxxxx 

Isabel Lara 
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 
202-633-2374 
larai@xxxxxx 

RELEASE: 12-075

NASA AND THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM INVITE SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS TO WELCOME SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY

WASHINGTON -- NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum 
will invite 30 of their social media followers to the first "NASA 
Social" on April 19 to welcome space shuttle Discovery to the 
national collection. Registration opens at noon EDT Thursday, March 
15, and closes at noon Friday, March 16. Thirty participants will be 
selected randomly from online registrations. 

For more information on NASA Social and to register, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/social 


A NASA Social is an event for people who use NASA's social media 
accounts. For this event, fans and followers on Twitter, Facebook and 
Google+ are eligible to register. Each participant may invite one 
guest and all registrants must be 13 or older. 
The social media group will tour the Smithsonian's Steven F. 
Udvar-Hazy Center; speak with museum curators, NASA scientists and 
engineers; and have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of viewing and 
photographing space shuttles Enterprise and Discovery together. 
Participants also will meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active 
on social media and members of the Smithsonian and NASA social media 
teams. 

NASA officially will transfer Discovery into the Smithsonian's 
collection April 19 in an outdoor ceremony open to the public. The 
event will begin with Discovery's arrival from adjacent Dulles 
International Airport onto the tow road behind the center. That 
evening, specialists from NASA and the museum's collections division 
will begin repositioning Enterprise and Discovery. Enterprise has 
been on display at the center and is moving to New York's Intrepid 
Sea, Air and Space Museum. Discovery will be moved inside the 
center's James S. McDonnell Space Hangar to be displayed permanently. 


For information and updates about Discovery arrival events, visit: 

http://discovery.si.edu 


The National Air and Space Museum operates two buildings in the 
Washington area: the flagship building on the National Mall and the 
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., near Dulles. Both 
facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 
25). 

To find all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/connect 

	
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