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Friday, November 25, 2011

Mars Science Lab Tweetup Agenda

Just in case anyone wonders what the hell goes on at these events...


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Friday, Nov. 25/L-1: Tweetup Day 1

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Registration at the Kennedy Space Center Press Accreditation Badging Building; travel to the press site (if you are running late or unable to come, please contact Stephanie Schierholz at 202-834-0548)

9:00 a.m. – Welcome by Trent Perrotto (@NASA) & Veronica McGregor (@NASAJPL)

9:05 a.m. – Meet the tweeps (Name, Twitter handle, where you're from, and one thing about yourself)

10:30 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – Welcome and introduction of first speaker (NASA TV starts http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tweetup)

11:05 a.m. – Jim Green, director, Planetary Science, NASA Headquarters

11:25 a.m. – Doug McCuistion, director, Mars Exploration program, NASA Headquarters

11:45 a.m. – Curiosity engineering: Allen Chen and Betina Pavri, systems engineers, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

12:00 p.m. – Ryan Bechtel, Department of Energy

12:15 p.m. – Curiosity science: Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist, Mars Science Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Pan Conrad, deputy principal investigator for Curiosity's SAM Instrument at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

12:30 p.m. -- Rex Engelhardt, mission manager, NASA's Launch Services Program (@NASA_LSP)

12:45 p.m. – Lunch break (note: the cafeteria will NOT be open Friday, so you do need to plan to bring your own food)

2:00 p.m. – Tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, including a drive by historical launch pads and stops at Launch Complex 41 with a briefing from Mike Woolley of United Launch Alliance (@ULAlaunch), the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the Apollo Saturn V Center.

5:30 p.m. – Return to the press site