Just over a week until I attend the first ever CSIRO Tweetup as part of NASA’s launch of the Mars Curiosity Rover. This is going to be so fascinating.
From the CSIRO website: “The CSIRO Tweetup will provide @CSIROnews and @CanberraDSN followers with the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at CDSCC and speak with scientists and researchers. This CSIRO Tweetup will run for 24-hours and will include a “meet and greet” session to allow participants to mingle with fellow Tweeps and the people behind CSIRO’s and CDSCC’s Twitter feeds. Participants will get a special tour of CDSCC, hear from guest speakers, watch the launch and tracking activities, enjoy a telescope night-sky viewing (clouds permitting), and a tour of CSIRO Discovery Centre, plus more.”
Access to this site is normally restricted so this is a wonderful opportunity. I will definitely be writing something about this experience and will let you know where to find the piece when I do, so please check back!
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The new Mars rover sounds fascinating. Hope you could include photos next time if there are available.
Thanks Kurt. I'll try to take some photos at the Tweetup. Here's a link to the Mars Rover itself:
Cool Tweetup! You mentioned that it is restricted. How did you get in?
CSIRO put out the call via Twitter for people following them on Twitter to register for the Tweetup, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. They then made a selection from those who registered, based partly on how committed they were. Some people who registered, for example, were not following any NASA or other space-related tweet streams so they were put on the waiting list. This tweetup was based on the legendary NASA tweetups but some people at this Tweetup said it was as good or better than the NASA ones. I need to put up a long post about it but may take awhile as I have some other deadlines to meet. So please check back!