APPLY NOW to view a rocket engine test in person!
Image by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Want to see a powerful rocket engine test In person?
We’re inviting social media users to apply for a maximum of 40 credentials to cover events happening August 13 at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to watch as NASA tests a RS-25 engine that will help power the next great American era of deep-space exploration.
Four RS-25 engines will power the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS), which will carry humans deeper into space than ever before, including to an asteroid and Mars. The RS-25 engine is a modified space shuttle main engine, which powered 135 missions into low-Earth orbit from 1981 to 2011. Remaining space shuttle main engines are being upgraded to provide the additional thrust needed for the SLS vehicle.
Participants will not only see and feel the power of the RS-25 engine test, but also get behind-the-scenes access to America’s largest rocket engine test facility. Tours will include the historic B-2 test stand that is currently being renovated for SLS core stage testing and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Engine Assembly Facility.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne representatives that will air live on NASA TV.
Registration will be open until 5 p.m. EST on July 9. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What are NASA Social media credentials?
Credentials give social media users a chance to apply for the same access as journalists in an effort to align the access and experience of social media representatives with those of traditional media. People who actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate news on social networking platforms are encouraged to apply for media credentials. Selection is not random. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those chosen must prove through the registration process they meet specific engagement criteria.
How do I register?
NASA Social media accreditation for this event opens on this page and closes at 5 p.m. EST on July 9 for U.S. citizens.
Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for people who:
–Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience
–Regularly produce new content that features multimedia elements
–Have the potential to reach a large number of people using digital platforms
–Reach a unique audience, separate and distinctive from traditional news media and/or NASA audiences
–Must have an established history of posting content on social media platforms
–Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized
Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the #SLSfiredup and #NASASocial hashtags. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial, @NASAStennis, @NASA_SLS and via posts to Facebook and Google+.
What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities. You will be responsible for your travel to and from the Stennis facilities on the day of the event. Stennis will provide transportation for tours and all activities while at the facility.
Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA and partner organizations are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA and partner organizations, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.
To be admitted to Stennis Space Center, you will need to show two government-issued identifications (one with a photo) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.
Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
No. Because portions of this event may take place in restricted areas, registration is limited to U.S. citizens only.
Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest to attend the special access events.
Each registration provides a place in one (1) event for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.
When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, a notification email will be sent out to inform you whether or not you have been selected for NASA social media accreditation. Those selected will be required to complete an additional step before being accredited. We will send notifications upon approval.
If you do not make the registration list for accreditation, you can still participate in the conversation online.
Does registration for and/or attendance at this NASA Social qualify me for news media accreditation?
No, your registration and/or attendance, does not qualify you for news media credentials at NASA now or in the future.