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NASA Will Be The Mayor Of Outer Space

NASA has launched (sorry!) a social media campaign that includes a partnership with Foursquare, tweets from the Space Shuttle Discovery, and a tweetup for the shuttle launch next week at the Johnson Space Center.

Last week, Commander Douglas Wheelock became the first person to check-in on Foursquare from space when he did so from the International Space Station, unlocking the NASA Explorer badge.

“You are now 220 miles above Earth traveling at 17,500 mph and unlocked the NASA Explorer Badge,” the notification said. The Earth-bound can get the badge by going to places like the Kennedy Space Center, which was cool until Commander Wheelock got all fancy.

The Tweetup on November 9 is open to 50 of NASA’s Twitter followers. Registration closed this morning (sorry again!).

NASA has a history on social media that includes YouTube videos, and a presence on Facebook and Flickr.

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