February 8, 2013
Long-Distance Google+ Hangout With Space Station Hosted By NASA
Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now´s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth.
You are able to submit video questions prior to the Hangout. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions.
Submitting Video Questions
To submit a video question, you must upload your video clip of less than 30 seconds to YouTube and tag it with #askAstro. Submitters should introduce themselves and mention their location. Questions must be tagged with #askAstro to be considered. The deadline to submit video questions is Feb. 12.
Submitting Real-Time Questions
To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA´s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event.
Watching the Google+ Hangout
To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page.
During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.
NASA will continue to host hangouts with astronauts on the ground and in space, scientists, engineers and managers on the agency´s missions and milestones.
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