Press Release

NASA Social Media Event to Celebrate the Final Journey of Shuttle Atlantis

By SpaceRef Editor
October 11, 2012
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NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will invite 28 of their social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Nov. 1-2 in Florida. The event will commemorate the move of space shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building to its final destination for permanent display at the center’s visitor complex. Parts of the social will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Atlantis will make the 10-mile rolling journey Nov. 2 atop a 76-wheel flatbed vehicle called the Orbiter Transportation System. The move will conclude at Atlantis’ new permanent home, which is under construction. The exhibit is set to open during the summer of 2013.

During the NASA Social, people who engage with NASA through Twitter, Facebook and Google+ will have an opportunity for a special “hard hat tour” of the new Atlantis exhibit building and to witness the arrival of Atlantis at Space Florida’s Exploration Park. Participants will speak with experts from NASA’s human spaceflight and commercial programs, tour NASA facilities, see featured spaceflight hardware from the past, present and future, and listen to presentations honoring the Space Shuttle Program. Guests also will be able to interact with fellow NASA social media followers, space enthusiasts and members of NASA’s social media team.

The NASA Social registration opens at noon EDT, Monday, Oct. 15, and closes at noon EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 17. Twenty eight participants will be selected randomly from online registrations. Because of limited space, those selected to attend may not bring a guest. Each participant must be a U.S. citizen age 18 or older.

For more information on NASA Socials and to register, visit:

To join and track the conversation online during the NASA Socials, follow the hashtag #NASASocial. Use and reference the #Atlantis and #SpotTheShuttle hashtags to follow Atlantis’ journey.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

For information about Atlantis’ arrival at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visit:

For information about connecting and collaborating with NASA, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.