The first round of invitations to ESA's #SocialSpaceWA have been accepted and the seating is complete!
ESA's 35 m-diameter deep-space tracking station at New Norcia, Australia, seen in a full panorama in 2002. Credit: ESA
It was an extremely tough task to select the best 15 of the 50-plus applications, as there turned out to be many more enthusiastic social-space-type folk in the land down under than we anticipated! (Nice problem to have – Ed.)
A few of the applications could be discarded immediately, as the applicant failed to include any social media account names/channels whatsoever. This, needless to say, is an automatic disqualifier. The majority, however, were very good quality.
Applications came overwhelmingly from Australia, as expected, and we reserved most of the seats for local folks – this is our first SocMed event in Australia and we wanted to ensure that people there got a really good chance to participate. We also saw applications from the UK, Spain, France, Italy, the USA and India, indicating just how widely known the ESA brand is these days.
In the end, it came down to a careful assessment of your statement of motivation, the level of activity in your social media ...