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Social Media Savvy Astronaut to Host DC Tweetup

He was the first person to check-in from space. He’s posted pictures of the earth as seen from the International Space Station on his Twitter account. And with almost 100,000 followers, he’s the most popular astronaut on Twitter. NASA’s Doug Wheelock will be hosting an informal Tweetup in DC in the coming weeks to discuss his adventures in space and social media, and NASA wants you to come.

Doug Wheelock‘s Twitter account announced the first extraterrestrial Foursquare checkin on October 22, 2010, unlocking the NASA badge and winning him some “free astronaut ice cream”. Since then, Wheeler’s Twitter following has surged to nearly 100,000, as people flock to see his twipics like the below image of Japan’s city lights from space:

If you’re a bit of a space geek, a social media geek, or just had aspirations of being an astronaut when you were young, you’ll want to sign up for Wheeler’s Tweetup this Wednesday March 16th in Washington DC. At 3 p.m., Wheeler will meet with 100 Twitter fans at the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington.

NASA is asking that everyone interested in attending this Tweetup sign up at http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup. Registration is open from 4 p.m. on Monday February 28th until 5 p.m. on Thursday March 3rd. After registration closes, NASA will randomly select 100 people who signed up to attend this exclusive and intimate Tweetup.

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