On Monday, June 6, 2011, I was fortunate to be among the 100 or so individuals invited by NASA to attend a daylong Tweetup at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The event included briefings by members of several major unmanned mission teams, as well as tours of the Deep Space Network Mission Control and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility (where the newest Mars rover — Curiosity — is being prepared for launch).

2011 JPL Tweetup Group PhotoOver the coming days, I will post detailed write-ups of all of the main presentations, as well as links to additional information about JPL and NASA’s current unmanned missions. (To view the original JPL Tweetup Group Photo, click here.)

Closeup of JPL Tweetup Group Photo with Kevin A. BarnesHere is the high-level agenda from the JPL Tweetup, including presenters and their Twitter IDs:

  • Introduction & Overview
    @NASAJPL (@VeronicaMcG, @Stephist, @CourtOConnor)
    @NASA (Stephanie Schierholz)
  • Dawn Mission (@NASA_Dawn)
    Marc Rayman, chief engineer
  • Voyager Mission (@Voyager2)
    Suzy Dodd, project manager 
  • Oceans, Climate and the Upcoming Launch of Aquarius
    Josh Willis, oceanographer
  • Tour #1:
    Earth Science Center, JPL Museum, 3‑D Pictures on Mars
  • Our Favorite Martians (@MarsRovers)
  • Group Photo
  • Juno Mission to Jupiter (@NASAJuno)
    Steve Levin, project scientist
  • GRAIL Mission
    Gene Fahnestock and Amanda Briden, mission engineers
  • SOFIA Mission (@SOFIAtelescope)
    Eric Becklin, chief science advisor
  • Near-Earth Objects (@AsteroidWatch)
    Don Yeomans, manager
  • Eyes on the Solar System (@NASA_Eyes)
    @Doug_Ellison, visualization producer
  • Imagine Mars
    David Delgado, project lead
  • Tour #2:
    Spacecraft Assembly Facility (@MarsCuriosity), Mars In-Situ Lab, Deep Space Network Mission Control

NASA JPL Online Resources:

Facebook.com/NASAJPL
YouTube.com/JPLNews
Ustream.tv/NASAJPL
Ustream.tv/NASAJPL2
Flickr.com/photos/nasa-jpl

Other JPL Tweetup Photos:

Finally, my personal photos from the JPL Tweetup can be found here.

By Kevin A. Barnes

I am a writer, marketing practitioner and astronomer-in-training. My interests include science, technology and the future of just about everything. You can learn more from my Bio page.

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