This artist's concept of an astronaut bird on Mars illustrates the space enthusiast community on Twitter.
This artist's concept of an astronaut bird on Mars illustrates the space enthusiast community on Twitter. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host a Tweetup on Monday, June 6. More than 100 NASA Twitter followers, who registered in April, will attend the event.

With four NASA/JPL space missions launching in 2011 and an asteroid belt encounter nearly underway, this year will be one of the busiest ever in planetary exploration. Tweetup participants will interact with JPL scientists and engineers about these upcoming missions: Aquarius, to study ocean salinity; Grail, to study the moon's gravity field; Juno to Jupiter; and the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover. Tweetup participants also will learn about the Dawn mission and its planned encounter with the asteroid Vesta.

The Tweetup will take place from approximately 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT. The event will be carried live on , and portions will also be broadcast on NASA Television from about 8:15 - 10:30 a.m. PDT and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. PDT on June 6 at:

The event will include a tour of JPL, hands-on demonstrations and a last chance to see the Curiosity rover before it ships to Florida for its launch in the fall. Tour stops will include the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, where Curiosity is undergoing assembly and testing, the mission control center of NASA's Deep Space Network, and JPL's new Earth Science Center.

Tweetup participants will mingle with fellow attendees and the staff behind @NASA, @NASAJPL, @MarsRovers, @AsteroidWatch and other NASA social media accounts.

NASA's first Tweetup was held at JPL on Jan. 21, 2009, and NASA Headquarters held its first on July 21, 2009. The most recent event was at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the space shuttle Endeavour's final launch. Following JPL's June event, the next NASA Tweetup will be July 7-8 at Kennedy for the Space Shuttle Program's final launch. Registration for that Tweetup is open from noon EDT (9 a.m. PDT) Wednesday, June 1, through noon Thursday, June 2, at: .

Follow the conversation before and during the June 6 event on Twitter by using the hashtag #NASATweetup and following the @NASAJPL, @JPLTweetup, and @NASATweetup accounts.

Find all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA at: .

For more information about Aquarius, Grail, Juno, the Curiosity rover, Dawn and NASA's other science missions, visit: and .

The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

News Media Contact

Veronica McGregor 818-354-9452
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Stephanie L. Schierholz 202-358-4997
Headquarters, Washington