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Landsat 8 - Going Operational Social Media Event

May 30, 2013

Registration for this event is now closed.

On May 30, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) will officially start its lifelong mission as Landsat 8. The next Landsat satellite will then begin to systematically acquire images of Earth, extending Landsat’s four-decade record of our planet.

Landsat 8 USGS-EROS Center

We are inviting 30 of our social media followers to join us for a ceremony at the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, SD, that will formally acknowledge the transfer of responsibility of Landsat 8 from NASA to the USGS.

What:Landsat 8 – Going Operational
Where:USGS EROS Center
Sioux Falls, SD
When: May 30, 2013

From May 30, the USGS will be responsible for all aspects of operating the satellite — from the health and safety of the spacecraft and its acquisition schedules, to downlinking and receiving data in cooperation with our network of international ground stations. Once the data are permanently recorded at the USGS-EROS Center, they will be processed and distributed in conjunction with the rest of the 4 million-scene Landsat archive.

Through close collaboration between NASA and the USGS, the Landsat program supplies data that show the impact of human society on the planet, a perspective that is more crucial than ever as our global population surpasses seven billion people. Over time, Landsat data has led to an improved understanding of human health, biodiversity, energy and water management, urban planning, disaster recovery, and agriculture monitoring.

USGS-NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

Registration opens on this page at noon EDT on Friday, April 26, 2013 and closes at noon EDT on Friday, May 10, 2013.

What is a USGS-NASA Social?

A USGS-NASA Social is an informal meeting of people who use social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Participants at this event will be provided a unique in-person experience at the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS Center, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social network.

Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the USGS, NASA, EROS, the Landsat Program, and Sioux Falls

How do I register?

Registration opens at noon EDT on Friday, April 26, 2013 and closes at noon EDT on Friday, May 10, 2013.

Registrants will be asked to sign in using their USGS EROS credentials. A registration option is provided for those that do not have USGS EROS credentials. Once registered, users will have access to the USGS-NASA Social registration form.

After logging in, users will be required to enter their social media account names and verify their age. Upon successful completion of the USGS-NASA Social Registration, the user will see a confirmation page. Within one business day a validation email will be sent confirming the request was received.

Thirty participants will be selected from online registrations. Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferable.

Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?

Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow the USGS and NASA on Twitter (@NASA_Landsat, @USGSLandsat, @NASA, @NASASocial), Facebook (NASA, Landsat, USGS) and Google+ (NASA). The goal of USGS-NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss remote sensing research and science.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtags #Landsat and #NASASocial. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASA_Landsat and @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

What are the registration requirements?

Registration indicates your intent to travel to the USGS EROS Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and attend the one-day event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. The USGS and NASA are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. The USGS and NASA moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

The USGS EROS Center is a government facility. To be admitted, you will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification (federal, state, or local) for example, driver's license or passport. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. Non U.S. citizens must provide passport information. If you have a green card, you will be processed as a U.S. citizen. To be admitted, you will need to show two photo identifications (one must be government-issued with photo) that match the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Does my registration include a guest?

Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest. Each registration provides a place for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

What if I cannot come to EROS in South Dakota?

If you cannot come to EROS to attend in person, you should not register for the USGS-NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #Landsat and #NASASocial hashtags on Twitter.

If you cannot make this USGS-NASA Social, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check back on for updates.

When will I know if I am selected?

After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications no later than May 14, 2013.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the USGS-NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?

Your USGS-NASA Social registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at the USGS or NASA, now or in the future.

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