Orion will lift off aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket to perform the first flight test in space of the spacecraft.

NASA will bring together 150 Twitter followers to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for a two-day Social, December. 3 – 4, 2014, for the launch of The Orion EFT-1 aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Hollywood, Fla resident Jorge A Miranda has been selected as one of 150 @NASASocial Twitter followers to attend and Tweet the event.

The launch window opens at 7:05 a.m. EDT on Thursday, December 4. Orion Flight Test – The Basics   Mission: Orion Flight Test Launch Date: Dec. 4, 2014 Launch Time: 7:05 a.m. EST Launch Window: 2 hours, 39 minutes Launch Site: Space Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Splashdown (if launched at start of window): 11:29 a.m. EST Mission highlights: 

Orion will lift off aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket to perform the first flight test in space of the spacecraft that is being designed to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space. Orion will fly this mission without astronauts and will orbit the Earth twice reaching about 3,600 miles above the planet, 15 times higher than the International Space Station. The spacecraft will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at close to 20,000 mph and the heat shield will be tested against plasma that is 4,000 degrees F.

Orion is to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California where it will be recovered by NASA and U.S. Navy teams.   As a NASA Social attendee, Miranda and the other 149 Twitter users will interact with engineers and scientists from Orion and other upcoming NASA missions as well as tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. If all goes as scheduled, participants will view the spacecraft launch.

In addition, the Tweetup will allow participants to meet other tweeps and members of NASA’s social media team.   “BEING SELECTED IS AN HONOR” Miranda said,  

Jorge is a former US Army Intelligence soldier. He now writes for various websites on science, space, military headlines, and music. He currently works for WPEC Channel 12 West Palm Beach, Fla. Follow his Tweets at twitter.com/jorgemiranda1.

NASA Social participants are traveling from across the United States and the globe to attend. View the list of list of registered attendees on the NASA Social Twitter account: http://twitter.com/NASASocial Orion 

NASA held its first Tweetup on Jan. 21, 2009, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. NASA’s Tweetup Twitter account is http://twitter.com/NASASocial and participants will be using #NASASocial  #Orion in their updates while tweeting. Information about NASA Tweetup can be viewed on http://www.nasa.gov/social .