Neil Armstrong Social


Get behind-the-scenes on a working oceanographic research ship and treat your social media audience to your experience. Apply now for an opportunity to tour R/V Neil Armstrong, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, during a port call in New York City for Fleet Week 2017.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour R/V Neil Armstrong and see parts of the ship that make it one of the most advanced research vessels in the U.S. fleet
  • Meet scientists and crew who sail on the ship
  • See instruments and underwater vehicles used to advance knowledge of the ocean
  • Meet other social media science enthusiasts

Social Media Presence

Please complete the following (WHOI will not share your information with any third party for any reason):

Please provide a username or url and number of followers to as many of the following accounts that you use regularly (you may be asked to provide proof of the number of followers on any account):

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a social media account to register?

Yes. This event is designed for people who:

  • Have an established history of posting content on social media platforms.
  • Actively use multiple social networking platforms and tools to disseminate information to a unique audience.
  • Regularly produce new content that features multimedia elements.
  • Have the potential to reach a large number of people using digital platforms.
  • Reach a unique audience, separate and distinctive from traditional news media and/or NASA audiences.
  • Have previous postings that are visible, respected and widely shared.

Participants will be encouraged to use the hashtag #RVNeilArmstrong and #OceanScience. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @WHOI and @WHOIMedia, and via posts to WHOI?s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

How do I register?
Registration for this event opens May 11, 2017, and closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 18. Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis and evaluated according to type and frequency of activity, number of platforms used, and the number and type of followers engaged.

Can I improve my chances by registering multiple times or with multiple social media accounts or email addresses?
Only one entry per person counts. Please do not register or apply multiple times or try to game the system by registering with a different Twitter handles, email addresses, or other multiple accounts. Each person gets one entry, and we do remove duplicate entries.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?

When will I know if I am selected?
Once all applications have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications no later than May 20.

If you do not make the registration list for this event, you still can follow along and share posts made by participants.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York, N.Y. to attend the tour beginning at 8:00 a.m. EDT on May 26, 2017. You are responsible for any expenses for travel, accommodation, food, and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. WHOI is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. WHOI, moreover, is not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is canceled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

R/V Neil Armstrong is a working oceanographic research vessel. Participants should wear flat, close-toed shoes and be able to climb multiple flights of steep stairs. Participants will also be asked to show proof of identification upon arrival. All applicants must be at least 18 years old.

What if it rains?
The event will go on as scheduled. Much of the tour will take participants through interior spaces on the ship. Some parts are exposed, however, and so you will get wet if it is raining on the day of the event and you do not plan accordingly.

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