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A group photo of all the NASA Tweetup attendees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California.

Forming a mosaic to honor the now-defunct Spirit Mars Rover.

Checking in for the JPL Tweetup... A JPL Tweetup poster outside the von Karman Auditorium. JPL Tweetup attendees start to gather inside the von Karman Auditorium. JPL Tweetup attendees start to gather inside the von Karman Auditorium.

On display on the table I was sitting at: the parachute support structure for the Curiosity Mars Rover. My JPL Tweetup badge. The JPL Tweetup begins. Chief engineer Marc Rayman discusses the Dawn Asteroid Mission to Vesta and Ceres.

Chief engineer Marc Rayman discusses the Dawn Asteroid Mission to Vesta and Ceres. Project manager Suzy Dodd discusses the Voyager missions to interstellar space. Oceanographer Josh Willis discusses the Aquarius Earth science mission. A Mars Exploration Rover mock-up inside the JPL Museum.

A full-scale Galileo mock-up inside the JPL Museum. A Cassini model hanging from the ceiling of the JPL Museum. Three pieces of meteorite. An actual Moon rock.

Mars rover team members discuss Spirit's mission. Images of Spirit and the personnel who supported it during its mission. Getting ready for the JPL Tweetup group photo. Getting ready for the JPL Tweetup group photo.

Getting ready for the JPL Tweetup group photo. Getting ready for the JPL Tweetup group photo. Holding Spirit Mars panorama posters as the group photo is taken. Holding Spirit Mars panorama posters as the JPL Tweetup group photo is taken.

An inflatable version of the Curiosity Mars Rover. Project scientist Steve Levin discusses the Juno mission to Jupiter. John Casani, who worked on the Voyager, Galileo and Cassini missions, talks to the JPL Tweetup crowd. Mission engineers Gene Fahnestock and Amanda Briden discuss the GRAIL mission to the Moon.

Chief science advisor Eric Becklin discusses the SOFIA telescope project. Images comparing SOFIA results to that of other telescopes. Asteroid Watch manager Don Yeomans discusses Near-Earth Objects. Asteroid Watch manager Don Yeomans discusses Near-Earth Objects.

Images showing the various telescopes on the ground and in space that are monitoring the sky for potentially hazardous Near-Earth Objects. Visualization producer Doug Ellison discusses JPL's 'Eye on the Solar System' computer program. Project lead David Delgado discusses the 'Imagine Mars' public outreach program. An image of a Red Planet colony that was produced by a participant of the Imagine Mars program.

Inside the Space Flight Operations Facility, or SFOF. Inside the SFOF. JPL Tweetup attendees receive an overview of the SFOF and NASA's Deep Space Network. Holding a piece of meteorite!

Holding a space shuttle tile! An engineering model of the Curiosity rover inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory. Engineering models of Mars rovers inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory. Outside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, or SAF.

Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage.

Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Dressed in 'bunny suits,' engineers work on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on Curiosity's descent stage. Tests being done on Curiosity's descent stage.

Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage.

Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Tests being done on the Curiosity rover and its descent stage. Posing with the Curiosity rover and its descent stage behind me. A 'space deer'...as nicknamed by a fellow JPL Tweetup attendee.

The space deer enjoys grazing on the premises of a highly-secure government installation. A raffle for cool JPL items is held inside the von Karman Auditorium. The JPL Tweetup comes to a close. One of the cool items that was given away during the raffle.

A 3-D image of me and two fellow JPL Tweetup attendees standing on the surface of Mars.

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