Tweetup At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Previews 2011 Missions
With four NASA/JPL space missions launching in 2011 and an asteroid belt encounter nearly under way, 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. It 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.
NASA Television will broadcast portions of the Tweetup from 8:15 - 10:30 a.m. PDT and again from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. PDT on June 6 at: