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CONTACT: Ronnie Williams
Miami-Dade County Resident is One of 50 Selected to Attend NASASocial Tweetup for SpaceX Launch, October 7, 2012.
NASASocial Followers Will Tweet from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(7 October 2012) – NASA will bring together 50 Twitter followers to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for a two-day Tweetup, October 6 and 7, 2012. The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the SpaceX Dragon 9 space craft, the first of 12 commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station. Miami-Dade County resident Ronnie Williams has been selected as one of 50 @NASASocial Twitter followers to attend and Tweet the event. The Dragon 9 space craft is anticipated to arrive at the International Space Station Wednesday October 12.
After docking procedures have completed, Astronauts will unload the supplies and then load materials and experiments for its return journey to Earth.
As a NASASocial attendee, Ronnie Williams and the other 50 Twitter users will interact with engineers and scientists as well as tour and have exclusive access to Kennedy Space Center. If all goes as scheduled, participants will view the spacecraft launch. In addition, participants will meet other tweeps and members of NASA’s social media team. Attendees were selected through a lottery system in which many @NASASocial Twitter followers registered.
“I am pleased to be selected to observe NASA taking another big step,” Williams said, “I am shocked that so many people think NASA is out of business, I get to carry a very different message and perspective to my base and hopefully inspire a few people along the way.”
He is an Air Force veteran and this will be his second trip to the area facilities as a civilian. He works as an operations manager for a satellite broadcasting company in Miami. He has disciplines communications, computer science and in the aviation field and has kept an eye on all things aerospace for many years. Follow his Tweets at http://twitter.com/techgurumiami.
NASASocial participants are traveling from across the United States and the globe to attend. View the list of list of registered attendees on the NASASocial Twitter account: https://twitter.com/i/#!/NASASocial/spacex-crs-1/
NASA held its first Tweetup on Jan. 21, 2009, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. NASA’s Tweetup Twitter account change and rebranded as NASASocial very recently. It is now http://twitter.com/NASASocial. Participants will be using #NasaSocial or #NASATweetup in their updates while tweeting. Information about NASASocial can be viewed on http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup.
About SpaceX CRS-1
SpaceX CRS-1 is the first of at least 12 missions to the International Space Station that SpaceX will fly for NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract. In December 2008, NASA announced that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft had been selected to resupply the space station after the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. Under the CRS contract, SpaceX will restore an American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science experiments, to the orbiting laboratory – a capability not available since the retirement of the space shuttle.