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WASHINGTON – More than 100 Twitter users attended a “tweetup” at NASA’s Washington headquarters on Thursday, where they had a chance to meet two of their favorite astronauts.
The Twitter users are avid space fans, and they follow the tweets of its astronauts and scientists closely. NASA allowed 150 people to register for the tweetup, and seats during the event were hotly contested.
“I actually got waitlisted for this,” said Sierra Schauer, who was also placed on a waiting list for three other NASA tweetups in the past. “I’m thankful for a new found friend who managed to get in and invited me as a guest.”
Questions from the Twitter followers ranged from asking what Earth looked like in space to how best to teach young American children to appreciate space in an age when the country is no longer sending people into space.
The two astronauts invited were Craig Ferguson and Sandra Magnus. The two were on the Atlantis shuttle mission, which transported over five tons of food to the International Space Station.