Tweetup Activity – Landing of Chris Hadfield and the crew of Expedition 34/35

When: May 13, 2013 (date subject to change)
Where: Canadian Space Agency headquarters
6767 route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9

Directions to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) headquarters

The first Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Tweetup took place at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa where Canadian astronauts Steve MacLean, Chris Hadfield, Robert Thirsk, David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen took part in a Q&A session about living and working in space, May 2011. (Credit: CSA)

On May 13, 2013 CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield will return to Earth following a 5-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Hadfield took the Twitterverse by storm since his launch on December 19, and became a source of pride and inspiration for many, igniting old and new found interests in space and science.

To celebrate the end of such a successful and historic mission, the CSA is organising a special event for the landing Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko, and opening its doors to a limited number of tweeps following Chris Hadfield or the CSA's Twitter accounts and randomly selected from those who sign up on the Web.

Various displays and activities, as well as live coverage of landing operations via NASA TV, will take place. Canadian astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Robert Thirsk will also host a media event as the Soyuz carrying Col Hadfield enters the Earth's atmosphere to land in Kazahkstan.

Note: This event will take place in English and French (no simultaneous translation provided) and is opened to media

#CSATweetup - Program (subject to change)
Hour Event
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Arrival and registration; introductions of the participants
2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Presentation on the CSA (speaker TBD)
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Visit of the facilities
5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Wrap-up; overview of the evening activities
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dinner

Note: Food services will not be available onsite at this hour. We encourage participants to reach out to each other and gather for dinner in a close-by restaurant of their choice.

8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Participants return to the CSA HQ for the second part of the program

Various displays and activities will be available

10:00 to
~11:30 p.m.

Canadian astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Robert Thirsk will host a media event with colour commentary as the Soyuz carrying Chris Hadfield enters the Earth's atmosphere to land in Kazahkstan

10:30 p.m.: Scheduled landing of Soyuz 33S in Kazakhstan

Andrew Birchnall, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Robotic Instructor and Mission Controller, shows the basics to a few of our tweetup participants before they try out the Canadarm2 simulator on February 7, 2013. (Credit: CSA)

What is this Tweetup activity?

A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. Selected participants will witness the landing of Chris Hadfield with CSA employees and key collaborators in the presence of members of the press.

How to register?

Registration for the event should be done on the CSA Website between April 29 and May 2, 2013 at 23:59 EDT by clicking here: Registration. The CSA will accommodate a maximum of 10 tweeters (each accompanied by one guest) randomly selected from those who sign up on the Web.

Registration is for one person (the tweeter) and one guest, and is non-transferrable. In the case of multiple entries for the same individual, only the first entry received will be considered.

Group photo during the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Tweetup commemorating the launch of the last Space Shuttle mission (STS-135), July 2011. (Credit: CSA)

Do you need to have a Twitter account to register?

Yes. This event is designed for Twitter users who follow the @CSA_ASC and/or @ASC_CSA (in French) and/or @Cmdr_Hadfield Twitter accounts. The goal is to invite people to interact with each other and discuss the event and their favourite subjects: space exploration, Chris Hadfield and Mission Expedition 34/35. Participants must also provide their own device to tweet (smart phone, laptop, etc.). A Wi-fi connection is available in most parts of the building.

The Twitter account for the Tweetup is @CSA_ASC (@ASC_CSA in French), and the hashtag is #CSATweetup. CSA will use both to post updates and reminders about the event.

What are the registration requirements?

Registration indicates your intent to travel to the CSA headquarters and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

The date, time and content of the program are subject to change without notice. The CSA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending or if the event is postponed or cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

International participants who are selected will be required to provide in advance their passport information for security reasons.

To be admitted, you will need to show a photo identification card (driver's license or passport for Canadian citizens; passport for international participants) that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. Registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Group photo during the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Tweetup for the landing of Mars Curiosity on Mars, August 2012. (Credit: CSA)

Does the registration include a guest?

Yes. Each registration provides a place for one person (the tweeter) and one guest. It is recommended that the guest be at least 8 years old to appreciate the event. Registration is non-transferrable.

Those whose registration will have not been selected are encouraged to watch the live webcast of the event on the CSA Website as well as follow the #CSATweetup hashtag and still take part in the Tweetup.

When will the confirmation be sent?

After CSA has received and processed the registrations, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected. We expect to send notifications by noon EDT on May 3.

For more information, contact the webmaster@asc-csa.gc.ca. Registration by phone or e-mail will not be accepted.