CSIRO Tweetup to Celebrate the Launch of the Mars Science Laboratory


 CSIRO Tweetup to Celebrate the Launch of the Mars Science Laboratory

50 of CSIRO's Twitter followers will be invited to watch live coverage of NASA's Mars Rover launch and take a behind-the-scenes tour at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC). Be a part of space exploration history as the CSIRO CDSCC plays a critical role in NASA's latest mission to the planet Mars.

You are invited to apply to be one of only 50 people to attend an exclusive event for the launch of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on November 25th, 2011.

You will enjoy a behind the scenes look at the southern hemisphere's only Deep Space Network tracking station and be there to watch the launch live on the big screen. Experience the moment when the giant antenna dishes lock-on to the signal, confirming to mission control that the Rover and its spacecraft are safely on their way to Mars.

CSIRO will host a 24-hour Tweetup for 50 of its Twitter followers on November 25 and 26 at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) and CSIRO Discovery Centre. The Tweetup will provide CSIRO's social media followers with an exclusive opportunity to tour the NASA Deep Space Network complex; speak with scientists and engineers; and, if all goes as scheduled, view the spacecraft launch on the big screen. Less than an hour after launch from Florida, the giant antennas at the Canberra DSN will pick-up the signals from the spacecraft indicating that it is safely on its way to Mars.

Visit the CSIRO Tweetup website for more information and to register. Tweetup registration opens at 9am AEST on Thursday 6th October, and closes at 5pm on Sunday 23rd October 2011. CSIRO will randomly select 50 participants from online registrations.