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NASA, SpaceX invite followers to rocket launch

50 followers will win invite to see Falcon 9 rocket launch

Space X Falcon 9 Rocket

KENNEDY SPACE CENTERNASA and SpaceX will choose 50 social media followers to attend a two-day event that includes the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket.

The two-day "NASA Social" event will be held on April 29 and April 30.  The launch is scheduled for 12:22 p.m. on April 30 at the Kennedy Space Center.

If the launch is successful, SpaceX will become the first commercial company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.

[Related: NASA OKs launch of private space station trip]

Registration for the "NASA Social" event will open at noon on Thursday and close at noon on Friday.  NASA (@NASA) and SpaceX (@SpaceX) will choose a total of 50 followers from their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts on Friday.

The followers who are invited will have unique in-person experiences with NASA and SpaceX workers.  Guests are then asked to share those experiences on their social media accounts.  Guests will also:

  • Tour the Kennedy Space Center
  • Visit the SpaceX launch pad
  • Meet members of the social media teams for SpaceX and NASA
  • Watch the Falcon 9 rocket launch live