2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Live from Space! Talk with Astronauts in Orbit

#sxsw #InOrbit


Remember when the public had to watch Walter Cronkite and the evening news to learn what NASA was doing? Yeah, neither do we. Today, using technology you can connect and collaborate with NASA and astronauts directly from space.
During this session, we'll connect live with astronauts flying 240 miles above the Earth at 17,500 mph. Talk with space, and ask about the science work they're conducting on station and using technology to communicate with us down here on the ground.
Additionally, you'll discover how NASA has fundamentally changed the way it communicates with the public and how you can join the community of space geeks from around the world.



John Yembrick

Social Media Mgr


John Yembrick is NASA’s social media manager and an agency spokesperson. He has over 15 years of experience in communications, focusing on social media development and execution, news media relations, marketing, event planning, crisis communications, video, web, public speaking and partnership building.

As social media manager, John uses emerging communications technologies to help advance NASA’s outreach activities and reach new audiences. He leads NASA’s social media activities, including the primary NASA Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts and NASA Socials across the agency. He led the agency’s first Tweetups at Headquarters in Washington, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Johnson Space Center in Houston and Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. He also leads in management of NASA’s mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Previously, John was the director of strategic communications for NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. At Ames, he was the official spokesperson for the center and supervised its communications team, which consisted of video, web, photo, social media, FOIA, internal communications, community and media relations.

Before coming to Ames, John worked communications for the space shuttle and the International Space Station at NASA Headquarters. Also, he led communications for the Office of International and Interagency Relations, which manages international activities and partnerships with other federal agencies.

Before joining NASA, John worked for the U.S. Justice Department, leading communications for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Texas. Prior to that, he was a marketing manager for the U.S. Treasury, building relationships and accounts to promote Treasury securities.

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