For the first time ever, NASA is inviting Twitterers to attend the launch of a space shuttle. This Monday, a select handful will be given VIP-type access to the Kennedy Space Center’s official press area and allowed to watch Atlantis blast off. However, that doesn’t mean they can run around like they own the place. NASA outlined some of the rules for these lucky attendees, which include not annoying reporters like Miles O’Brien.
Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39 Press Site
The STS-129 Tweetup will be conducted in an air-conditioned tent at the Launch Complex 39 Press Site, where news media from around the world are working. You may be approached by reporters requesting to interview or photograph you. If you don’t wish to participate, simply decline their requests.
You may leave the tent and roam around the press site, but you are not permitted to leave the press site without an official public affairs escort. You also are not permitted to enter the press site auditorium, where news conferences are conducted (the large yellow building with metal siding) or any private news media facilities (the trailers and buildings you see on the hill toward the front of the tent).Â You may enter the NASA News Center (the concrete building with the wedge-shaped roof, also on the hill), but we ask that you keep your visit short in order to respect the needs of the reporters who will be hard at work there.
If you fail to follow the rules and heed the instructions of NASA security and your public affairs escorts, you could lose your credential and your privileges to attend the launch.