NASA is offering its Twitter followers a chance to personally get an up close look of a space shuttle mission at the agency's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.
NASA is hosting a Tweetup on Wednesday, May 19 during Atlantis' STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, May 14 at 1:20 p.m. CST.
"We're inviting the public to share in the excitement of human spaceflight during one of the last three scheduled space shuttle missions," said Stephanie Schierholz, social media manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
"NASA is providing this behind-the-scenes access to give our Twitter followers an understanding and appreciation of all the work that goes into a successful shuttle launch and mission."
NASA randomly selected 100 individuals on Twitter from a pool of registrants who signed up on the Web. The event will start at Space Center Houston (SCH) where participants will have the opportunity to meet astronaut Jeff Williams (@Astro_Jeff) and tweet about NASA hardware.
After lunch, Twitter followers will take a tour of JSC; view mission control and astronauts' training facilities; and speak with flight directors, trainers, astronauts and managers.