Social media, seemingly the domain of earth-bound people such as myself, has had many enthusiasts in the U.S. space program since 2008. Veronica McGregor of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other panelists addressed the topic of space exploration as a social experience at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. In fact, a number of astronauts live Tweet from space such as @Astro_mike, @Astro_soichi, and @Astro_Jeff. (By all means, follow them on Twitter!)
Panelist Nick Skytland, co-founder of openNasa.com, a collaborative experiment in open, transparent and direct communication about the U.S. space program, has recognized the benefits of bringing discussions about space exploration into the channels of public conversation such as Facebook.com/NASA.gov, @NASA, and their OpenNASA.com blog. Skytland’s current push across channels encourages participation in President Barack Obama’s open government initiative, which urges citizens to communicate directly with lawmakers about issues and programs that matter to them.
Panelist Amanda Stiles, online community manager and Google Liaison for the Google Lunar X Prize, stressed making today’s generation excited about space exploration. Dave Masten, private entrepreneur, discussed working on a more sustainable way to make trips to the moon and encouraged this generation to become scientists and engineers so that the U.S. stays on the space exploration forefront. Read more…
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