Affected by the outbreak, NASA said the Mission’s Mission ForTitude mission later this month will not invite the public to the scene. But now the agency has unveiled an alternative solution — virtual online social gatherings. NASA has now opened an “#CountdownToMars Social” campaign application on Facebook, allowing users of any consent clause to join the group, receive social badges, communicate with experts in real time, and more.
The Perseverance rover launch mission is scheduled to take a scientific expedition aboard an Atlas V rocket in Florida, USA, on July 30 this year. NASA says the launch is now in its final stages of preparation, but the impact of the new crown outbreak has prevented the public from reaching the scene to witness it. NASA recommends that users witness the launch and discuss the mission through a Facebook team.
NASA says anyone can join the group, but needs to answer a few questions before joining and agree to follow the group’s rules. Upon joining, participants will receive a NASA Social Badge that will allow them to visit the virtual Kennedy Space Center, have real-time access to NASA’s rover team members, and will also have a live broadcast of the rover’s launch to Mars.
NASA said it would “consider each social media application one by one,” so it’s unclear how many people will be able to join the group. Registration has been officially opened on Friday, July 17, local time, and the virtual tour plan will be opened the day before the launch of the Stoterma (July 29).
If you don’t plan to enter the social group, or if you don’t use Facebook, NASA will also have pre-launch events and live broadcasts on other platforms. Members of the public will be able to view the content on NASA TV, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn or other social networking sites, and they will be able to comment and interact with teams using the #CountdownToMars tags on social media.