NASA Juno Tweetup Press Release

Jacksonville Resident is One of 150 Selected to Attend NASA Tweetup for Launch of Jupiter-Bound Mission Aug. 4 – 5, 2011

NASA Twitter Followers Will Tweet from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Jacksonville, FL (August 01, 2011)- NASA will bring together 150 Twitter followers to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a two-day Tweetup, Aug. 4 - 5, 2011, for the launch of the Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket. Jacksonville resident Amanda Marron has been selected as one of 150 @NASA Twitter followers to attend and Tweet the event. The Atlas V’s launch window opens at 11:39 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 5. Juno will begin a five-year cruise to Jupiter and is expected to arrive in July 2016.

As a NASA Tweetup attendee, Marron and the other 149 Twitter users will interact with engineers and scientists from the Juno mission and other upcoming NASA missions as well as tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. If all goes as scheduled, participants will view the Juno spacecraft launch. In addition, the Tweetup will allow participants to meet other tweeps and members of NASA’s social media team. Attendees were selected through a lottery system in which 1,200 @NASA Twitter followers registered.

“It is an absolute joy to be selected,” Marron said, “I have been enamored with the Space program since I was a little girl. This will be my first time visiting Cape Canaveral and what better way to visit than with a Tweetup and a launch.”

Marron has recently returned from a three-year tour in Sicily and is acclimating to civilian life after serving for 7 years with the U.S. Navy. She plans to start college in the fall. Follow her Tweets at
NASA Tweetup participants are traveling from across North America and Europe to attend. Find a list of registered attendees on the NASA Tweetup Twitter account:!/NASATweetup/juno-launch/members

This Jupiter-bound mission Tweetup will be NASA’s 23rd. NASA held its first Tweetup on Jan. 21, 2009, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. NASA’s Tweetup Twitter account is and participants will be using #NASATweetup in their updates while tweeting. Information about NASA Tweetup can be viewed on

About Juno
The Juno spacecraft will investigate Jupiter’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. The spacecraft's color camera will provide close-up images of the gas planet, including the first detailed glimpse of Jupiter’s poles. Principal Investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, is leading the mission and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is managing it. Visit and http://missionjuno.swri.ed for additional information.
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