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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NASA Invites Twitter And Facebook Fans To A Tweetup At Wallops Flight Facility

Stephanie L. Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington     
Rebecca Powell
Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.

WASHINGTON -- Do you follow NASA on Twitter or "like" the space agency on Facebook? If so, NASA invites you to register for a Tweetup and behind-the-scenes tour of its Wallops Flight Facility. NASA will host 50 social media guests from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT on Oct. 21 at the facility in Wallops Island, Va.

It is the first NASA Tweetup with registration open to the agency's Twitter followers, Facebook fans and their guests.

The Wallops Flight Facility is home to NASA's suborbital and special orbital missions; the agency's only owned and operated launch range; and a research airport. Orbital Sciences Corp. will launch its Taurus II vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops next year as part of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with the company.

Tweetup participants will interact with NASA experts, tour the sounding rocket manufacturing facility, range control center, balloon research laboratory, aircraft hangar and launch facilities.

Registration opens at 9 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 23, and closes at noon on Monday, Sept. 26. NASA will randomly select 50 participants.

Because Wallops is a government facility with restricted access, the event is open only to U.S. citizens.

For more information about the Tweetup and to register, visit

For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit

For information about Wallops Fight Facility, visit

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