Join the #Crew3 Virtual Social Celebrating NASA & ESA Astronauts Launching to the Space Station

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts (from left) Matthias Maurer, Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron pose for a portrait during preflight training at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. (Credit: SpaceX)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — Social media users are invited to take part in another global virtual NASA Social for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission set to launch on Oct. 31 at 2:21 a.m. ET, now cohosted along with our partners at European Space Agency (ESA). This is the third crew rotation flight with astronauts on the Crew Dragon spacecraft as part of the Commercial Crew Program.

NASA astronauts Raja Chari mission commander; Tom Marshburn, pilot; and Kayla Barron, mission specialist; and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, also a mission specialist, will launch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you! Seize the opportunity to blog, tweet, post or simply share anything about the Crew-3 mission on your channels.

While we cannot invite the public onsite for one of our usual launch social media events due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are excited to present an opportunity for people of all ages from all around the world to participate.

#Crew3 Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect virtually with like-minded space enthusiasts
  • Receive a #Crew3 Social badge to share online or print at home
  • Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos about the mission
  • Get notified about images, videos, online tools and ESA/NASA news
  • Watch live as four astronauts launch to the International Space Station!

The #Crew3 Social event page will open on Oct. 18 and everyone is invited to join by selecting the “Going” button. Please note by attending the virtual event, you are explicitly agreeing to a set of rules/guidelines and anyone who breaks these rules may be banned from the event page.

All resources, participation, and registration are FREE. Register below to let us know that you’re virtually participating!


Do I need to have a Facebook account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for people who:

  • Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience.
  • Have previous postings that are highly visible, respected and widely recognized.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #Crew3. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @NASASocial and @NASAKennedy, and via posts to Facebook and Instagram.

How do I join?
Select “Going” for this event on the designated Facebook event page. Please note: By “attending” the Facebook event, you are explicitly agreeing to the group’s rules as set forth by NASA.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes! This is a global ESA/NASA Social, and we would love for you to be a part of it.

What if I don’t have a Facebook account?
If you don’t have a Facebook account, you’re welcomed to watch and participate in the launch by tuning in on Oct. 30 for the launch broadcast. You can watch live on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInTwitch or NASA TV.

You can also join Kennedy Space Center’s Virtual Guest Experience to witness this historic launch.

What if the launch date changes?

Hundreds of different factors can cause a scheduled launch date to change multiple times. If the launch date changes prior, NASA may adjust the date of the ESA/NASA Social accordingly to coincide with the new target launch date. ESA/NASA will notify registrants of any changes on the Facebook event page.

If the launch is postponed, attendees will be able to watch the launch at a later date on the Facebook event page.

Check for updates.