Hitchhiker’s Guide to Tweetups v2.0

A very happy update today to our earlier post announcing Angie Kanellopoulou (@akanel)'s Hitchhiker’s Guide to Tweetups – we've gone multilanguage!

More precisely, you've gone multilanguage, as the IT, FR, DE, NL, ES, and GR versions were translated by some of our community's most keen tweeps. Many thanks to Angie for overseeing this project, and super-duper space thanks to the volunteer translators:

  1. Italian: @amoroso – Paolo Amoroso
  2. French: @Brigitte_Ba – Brigitte Bailleul
  3. German: @starlingLX – Alex von Eckartsberg
  4. Dutch: @justbe74 – Joachim Baptist
  5. Spanish: @wicho – Javier Pedreira
  6. Greek: @akanel – John Kanel

You guys officially ROCK! :-)

How to access

Link bundle via Bit.ly (all language versions - PDF)

Individual links via SlideShare.net (PDF)

  1. EN - English
  2. FR - French
  3. DE - German
  4. IT - Italian
  5. GR - Greek
  6. NL - Dutch
  7. ES - Spanish


Join us today – no matter where you are

Today's #LucaTweetUp gets under way at 16:00 CEST at ESRIN, near Rome. Here are a few details on our man..

Luca selfie Credit: ESA/NASA/L. Parmitano

Luca selfie Credit: ESA/NASA/L. Parmitano

Luca Parmitano hardly needs an introduction; briefly, here's the more or less official stuff!

Luca's a very experienced pilot with the Italian air force. He was selected as one of six new ESA astronauts in 2009. He completed his first mission to the ISS – the Volare mission – as part of Expedition 36/37, in 2013, spending May-November in orbit. His second EVA, in July 2013, was aborted after just over an hour due to a malfunction in his spacesuit, which resulted in his helmet partly filling with water.

Now for the fun stuff!

First off, his selfies (one is above, taken during his second, problematic EVA) were fabulous (and ranked in the 50 best space photos of the year in 2013).

Next, he's an avid social media friend (@astro_luca) and blogger (Luca Parmitano blog) and he's taken part in a number of ESA's social media events, including the first-ever European SpaceTweetup at DLR Cologne in 2011.

Technical Barbies

Technical Barbies with Luca!

Next, not only does he post to his community in SocMed, he's also been known to actually provide Tweeps with rides home!

Astro Luca drives tweeps home Credit: @nhaima or @timmermansr (we can't remember which...)

Astro Luca drives tweeps home Credit: @nhaima or @timmermansr (we can't remember which...)

Finally, my personal favourite photo of Luca, taken at ESOC by my good friend @AndreasSchepers in 2011 – long before his Volare mission but still looking very #ReadyForSpace!


Luca Parmitano at ESOC in 2009 Credit: A. Schepers

Luca Parmitano at ESOC in 2009 Credit: A. Schepers

Have a great day following today's #LucaTweetup (details in a separate post shortly).


SocialSpace at ESTEC open day 6 October


Update: we are enjoying reading your reasons for being invited so much and we realise that the invitation gave little time to prepare that we have prolonged the registration deadline to 2 October 15:00 CEST.

Busy weeks for spacetweeps! Hard on the heels of our #SocialSpace and CERN's #Cerntweetup ESA is inviting applications for the ESTEC open day SocialSpace in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Here is a chance to visit ESA’s largest site and technical heart where most satellites are designed and tested.

For a handful of lucky social media space enthusiasts ESA is preparing a privileged SocialSpace event. The programme is to be confirmed but expect coffee with astronauts, private lectures, guided tours, front-row seats at public lectures, free lunch, and of course space goodies.

SocialSpace is dedicated to Bloggers and users of social media platforms following or interacting with ESA channels on a regular basis. The aim of this event is to give participants an exclusive insight into the world of space and gather social media users with an interest in space.

Places are extremely limited so apply before 15:00 CEST on 2 October with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your social media handle
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Country of origin
  • In no more than 200 characters: why you should be invited to this event.

The SocialSpace is open to followers of ESA's social media channels, who are over 18. The invitation is for one person only and not transferable.

ESA cannot contribute towards the cost of travel, board and lodging. The SocialSpace will take place on Sunday, 6 October 2013, 09:00–18:00 CEST at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The event will be held in English. Questions and posts are of course welcome in any language.

The Twitter account for this SocialSpace is @Social4Space. The hashtag is #SocialSpace. ESA will be sharing news about the event using this hashtag, and via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

Send the email to contactsocialspace@gmail.com

Confirmation of acceptance

The deadline for registration is 2 October 2013 at 15:00 CEST. Once all of the applications have been processed, confirmation emails will be sent to the selected participants only, as will additional information for those on the waiting list. This will be done by 2 October 2013. Those invited must confirm their participation by 3 October at 15:00 CEST. We will keep you updated on Twitter at @Social4Space. Invitations are not transferable.

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