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Tweetup In Space, The Final Frontier

Twitter has conquered a lot of international territory around the world, but tweeting into Space is definitely allowing man to go where no man has gone before. Astronauts Nicole Stoff and Jeff Williams who are currently circumnavigating the globe at five miles a second will attend a Tweetup while in space.

The Tweetup to be held on October 21 at NASA Headquarters in DC will allow the Twitterati to hook-up (tweet-wise) with the astronauts while they man the International Space Station.

A Tweetup is an informal meeting of Tweeps who use the social messaging microblogging service of Twitter. This Tweetup is an opportunity for attendees at NASA Headquarters in Washington to ask questions to the space station crew members and the staff who manage the @NASA on Twitter.

The event will include a “meet and greet" session and a question and answer period with the astronauts. Williams is known on Twitter as @Astro_Jeff, and Stott is @Astro_Nicole.


Astronaut Jeff WilliamsAstronaut Jeff WilliamsAstronaut Nicole StoffAstronaut Nicole StoffWilliams currently is a flight engineer for the Expedition 21 crew and later will command Expedition 22. He will spend six months in space. Williams will become the first space station commander to share his experiences using Twitter.

Stott is making her first journey into orbit. She is scheduled to live and work aboard the station for more than two months. Stott will remain on board until the STS-129 shuttle mission in November. 

Space is limited and advance registration is mandatory.  Submissions will be accepted on this Web page beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 6. This Tweetup can accommodate 35 people, and the spots will be allocated based on the order of registration. Because of the limited number of spots available, NASA will accept registration submissions beyond capacity to create a wait-list for the event. Those who successfully register and those on the wait-list will be notified by e-mail prior to the event. Registrations for this Tweetup are limited to one person per entry. If you can't make this Tweetup, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various agency locations.

Please note NASA Headquarters is a government facility. All Tweetup participants must be registered in advance. To be admitted, you will need to show a government-issued identification (driver's license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted.

All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Have a question? Need more information? Help is available by sending an email to HQ-twitter@mail.nasa.gov.

Sign-ups will be taken at this page starting at 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009.