Huntsville/Madison County CVB to Host TweetChat with @NASA_Marshall 10/1 from 1 – 2 p.m.

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Experts to be available to discuss #JourneyToMars efforts in Huntsville, Alabama, and how visitors can get in on the action

Join the Huntsville CVB and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for a TweetChat on the real life journey to Mars
“There are few communities in the world that can offer what Huntsville, Alabama can when it comes to learning about space exploration,” President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB Judy Ryals said.

The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the organization responsible for promoting Huntsville/Madison County to attract leisure travelers and convention groups will be hosting a TweetChat with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday, October 1, starting at 1:00 p.m. CST and lasting until 2 p.m. to talk about Huntsville and Marshall Space Flight Center’s role in the real-life #JourneyToMars, and how visitors and non-Rocket Scientists alike can get involved.

TweetChat participants will hear directly from NASA experts about how the science in the best-selling book and upcoming movie release of “The Martian” stacks up in real-life and how close we actually are to a manned mission to Mars. The CVB’s @Go2HuntsvilleAL Twitter account will be on hand to talk about how visitors and locals alike can get in on the action for the real life #JourneyToMars via various activities and offerings in the Rocket City.

“There are few communities in the world that can offer what Huntsville, Alabama can when it comes to learning about space exploration,” President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB Judy Ryals said. “From the Earth’s largest space museum – the U.S. Space & Rocket Center home to Space Camp, to the NASA bus tours of Marshall Space Flight Center, the Von Braun Astronomical Society’s stargazing opportunities, Sci-Quest’s STEM offerings and more, Huntsville is in a unique position to offer fellow science and exploration buffs an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience.”

Twitter users are encouraged to jump in the conversation by following and using the hashtag #JourneyToMars and #iHeartHsv Thursday, October 1, from 1 – 2 p.m.

Twitter users can join in on Thursday’s Twitter chat from wherever they are. Participants will be able to ask questions and have conversations with Andrew Keys, Center Chief Technologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Kathryn Crowe, Engine Systems Engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Dr. Morgan Abney, Technical Lead for NASA’s Life Support System Oxygen Recovery Technology Development via the @NASA_Marshall Twitter account.

More about Andrew
Dr. Andrew Keys supports scientists and engineers in developing the technologies we’ll need to advance NASA’s exploration of Mars and other solar-system destinations.

More about Kathryn
Kathryn Crowe is an Engine Systems Engineer for the RS25, the engine that will power the core stage of the Space Launch System. In this role, she works on integrating the engine to the vehicle, adaptation engine testing, and restarting production lines for the new RS-25s, which are being built as we speak.

More about Morgan
Dr. Morgan Abney is developing the advanced life-support systems needed to sustain humans on Mars.

The CVB encourages following its Twitter account @Go2HuntsvilleAL as well as Marshall Space Flight Center’s Twitter account @NASA_Marshall to stay updated on TweetChat details.

In addition to Thursday’s TweetChat, the CVB is celebrating the premiere of “The Martian” by offering visitors free space-themed candy in the Visitor Center through October 9, during normal Visitor Center operating hours (Mon-Sat 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.). Visitors will also have the opportunity to take a Martian landscape selfie (courtesy of a real photo from NASA’s Curiosity rover) via the Visitor Center’s green screen backdrop called #RocketCitySelfie. Movie tickets to see “The Martian” will also be given away via the CVB’s Facebook ( and Twitter ( accounts via daily prompts.

For more information, contact Huntsville/Madison County CVB Marketing Manager Jessica Carlton at jessica(at)huntsville(dot)org or w.256.551.229 c.901.605.9774.

About Huntsville/Madison County CVB
The Huntsville/Madison County (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. The CVB partners with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types.


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