NASA offers Twitter followers a space shuttle simulation run during Atlantis' final mission

NASA space shuttle tweet-up to include a “test-run” during space shuttle’s last mission ever

If you follow NASA on Twitter and ever wondered what it would be like to fly the space shuttle, your two worlds just came together.

NASA says it will randomly choose 30 of its Twitter followers who sign up for the opportunity, a chance to test their skills at space shuttle ascent, rendezvous or landing aboard the same space shuttle simulator astronauts use at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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The Johnson Space Center is hosting a daylong Tweet-up on July 19, during space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour at Johnson and a hands-on opportunity aboard the shuttle simulator to take control in a training scenario, NASA said.

Atlantis is slated to launch on July 8. If it launches as planned, the Tweet-up will take place one day before the last orbiter of the shuttle fleet makes its final landing.

Tweet-up registration opens at 11 a.m. today and closes 24 hours later on Wednesday, June 29. NSA will pick the Twitter users on the 29th.

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