NASA is opening its doors and inviting its social media followers and news media to an in-person 'State of NASA' event on Feb. 12, 2018, at one of the agency's locations across the country. The event takes guests on a tour of the center and highlights the work of the agency as we work to send humans to space, create cutting-edge technologies and make scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as we also make progress on the next generation of air travel.
Each center will be connected via a multi-center NASA Television simulcast with NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot at Michoud Assembly Facility during the event. Lightfoot will address the progress made and the exciting work ahead on the agency's exploration initiative that secures America's leadership in space.
Participants will get a unique behind the scenes look at the respective center and the diverse work of the agency through tours and presentations with scientists, engineers and managers. The events also will provide guests the opportunity to interact with fellow social media users, space enthusiasts and members of NASA's social media team.
Social media users interested in attending should register for an in-person event at one of the locations throughout the country. Registration for the NASA Social closes at noon EST on Friday, Jan. 19. Participants will be selected from online submissions.
We have NASA locations in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. No two locations are the same. Each center has a different itinerary depending on their location:
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
What's it like to work at NASA in Silicon Valley? Up to 12 social media followers will be given a once-in-a-lifetime experience doing hands-on activities that represent Ames' diverse portfolio of aviation, science and technology research! With guidance from our experts, participants will operate a prototype planetary rover at our outdoor robotics test facility; they'll fly a virtual mission to the Moon while sitting in the cockpit of our eight-story flight simulator; they'll learn how to make food for fruit flies launching to space; and they'll test autonomous vehicles that will one day assist search-and-rescue teams here on Earth. The day will culminate in a live video stream on Twitch where participants will talk about their experiences and share exciting social moments in a special broadcast of NASA in Silicon Valley Live.
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
Armstrong Flight Research Center will host up to 40 social media followers to learn about the center's contributions to the future of aeronautics. Attendees will have a rare opportunity to tour aircraft hangars and support facilities, while seeing cutting-edge aeronautic technologies up-close. The event will also feature panel discussions from experts in unmanned vehicle initiatives and highlight NASA's X-plane research.
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
NASA Glenn will host up to 20 social media followers for a behind-the-scenes look at the center's work in developing the next generation of aircraft and advancing NASA's mission to send astronauts into deep space. Participants will tour facilities where Glenn engineers are working to design and test quiet supersonic aircraft concepts and see where we accurately simulate the far reaches of space. Attendees will learn about technology that is critical to NASA's deep-space missions and experience virtual and augmented reality technologies we're using to unlock the secrets of complex data.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Goddard will host up to 30 social media followers for an all-day event highlighting NASA science, engineering and exploration. Attendees will view the engineering area and the world's largest cleanroom where spacecraft are built and tested before launch, plus learn about current and upcoming missions that will "touch" the Sun, search for planets orbiting other stars, and study the Earth. There will be opportunities to learn the latest in astrophysics from some of NASA's great telescopes and find out how nearly all missions communicate with each other and us here on Earth via our satellite communications network. Plus, you'll get up-close with the continuing science from NASA's long-running lunar satellite that's circling our Moon 24/7.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will host up to 25 social media followers to learn about the center's robotic exploration of the solar system and beyond. Participants will meet scientists and engineers, and go behind the scenes in JPL's space facilities, including mission control. Featuring projects that track water around the globe and others that will study what's beneath the surface of Mars, the lab tour will also include glimpses of missions currently being assembled in a JPL clean room.
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
Johnson Space Center will host up to 20 social media guests to learn about how we're using low-Earth orbit as a testbed for future exploration missions, from human body research to technology development to inspiring the next generation of explorers. Guests also will visit Mission Control, astronaut training facilities, and space vehicle mockups of our spacecraft that carry current and future explorers.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL
Kennedy will host up to 25 social media followers for an afternoon event where they will hear from subject matter experts and learn about the anticipated activities for the center in 2018. The group will learn about the inner workings of how we launch spacecraft to orbit and get the latest on the substantial 2018 launch schedule. They also will find out the preparations underway to prepare for the first launch of our future rocket and space capsules that will eventually carry astronauts away from the Earth to explore space. Additionally, attendees will hear about how we're working with commercial companies and industry partners to return human spaceflight launches to Florida's Space Coast this year.
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Langley will host up to 20 social media followers for the State of NASA program. Guests will get behind-the-scenes access to NASA's first field center featuring tours and learning about Langley's contributions to vehicles that will carry astronauts on future missions of exploration, as well as an up-close look at how Langley makes supersonic flights faster than the speed of sound happen. You'll also see how NASA tests aviation technologies and conducts cutting-edge Earth science research.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Guests at Marshall will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the progress being made on the Space Launch System, NASA’s new deep-space rocket that will allow travel to destinations like the Moon and Mars, and see actual flight hardware. Participants there will meet with experts that are developing new technologies and complex space systems. They will also visit our world-class advanced manufacturing and 3-D printing facility and learn how these technologies offer innovative solutions to living, working and traveling to space.
NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, LA and NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, MS
NASA will host up to 40 social media followers Feb. 5 and 6 at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana and NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. At NASA Michoud, participants will see the actual rocket pieces that will launch to space as part of our forthcoming exploration rocket, simulators used to train someone to work on these jumbo rocket sections and hear about the latest progress to send humans on future exploration missions. At nearby NASA Stennis, guests will learn about cutting-edge rocket engine technology in development and the center's key role in testing of the rocket engines that will power our future exploration rocket into space. Participants will view historic engine test stands where we test fire engines before they propel us off the Earth and into space.