NASA Invites You to Witness Rocket Test in Person

Rebecca OConnell
nasa / nasa

On August 13 of this year, NASA plans to test out their RS-25 engine at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi—and they're looking for some social media enthusiasts to attend. 

Visitors will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, where they'll get to experience the sheer force of the engine for themselves. Also on the agenda: a Q&A with NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne representatives. (For those of you who can't make it, fear not: the chat will air live on NASA TV.)

Four of these new engines will power the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System, which is expected to bring humans farther into space than ever before—including, if all goes well, to an asteroid and to Mars

By hosting this event, NASA hopes to reach new audiences across nontraditional media platforms. Social media stars will be given the type of access normally reserved for journalists, and will be encouraged to share what they learn with their followers. 

You can apply to see the action here. Registration closes tonight at 5 p.m. EST, so space lovers are advised to hurry!