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Social media users can get a front row seat to a NASA rocket launch

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is accepting applications for social media users to get a behind the scenes look at a rocket launch.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia wants to give a behind the scenes tour to a few dozen social media users.

On February 9, individuals will get a front-row seat to watch the launch of Northrop Grumman's CRS-13 mission to the International Space Station. An Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft will liftoff no earlier than 5:39 p.m. from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

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A maximum of 40 active social media users will be selected to attend the two-day event Feb. 8-9, 2020, and will be given the same access as news media.

  • NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Get an up-close view of the launch from the Wallops Island media viewing site
  • Meet with rocket experts from NASA and Northrop Grumman
  • Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
  • Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • Meet members of NASA's social media teams

Registration ends on February 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Requirements to apply include the following:

  • Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience

  • Regularly produce new content that features multimedia elements

  • Reach a unique audience, separate and distinctive from traditional news media and/or NASA audiences

  • Must have an established history of regularly posting content on social media platform

  • Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized

If admitted, NASA said individuals will need to provide two forms of unexpired government-issued identification.

Click here to register!

Click here for more information about the registration or the two-day event.

Participants should keep in mind that due to the complexity of these launches, it's possible that the Antares rocket could launch at a later date.