June 3, 2009

‘Astro_Mike’ Tweets Live Today On Ustream

In the Twitter world it is said, "In space, no one can hear you tweet." Astronaut Mike Massimino dismissed this notion a few weeks ago on his 13-day trip aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis when he sent the first tweet from space.

Massimino is known as Astro_Mike to more than 360,000 people who followed his STS-125 space flight on twitter.com. The crew of STS-125 paid a final visit to the Hubble Space Telescope to enhance the observatory's capabilities and extend its life. During the mission, Massimino, a New York native, performed two spacewalks.

Back on Earth, Astro_Mike is taking questions real-time exclusively from his Twitter followers during an hour-long session Wednesday June 3 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT. His followers should tweet questions that he will answer live on NASA TV and Ustream.com. To follow Massimino's twitter updates and submit questions, visit: http://www.twitter.com/Astro_Mike

In addition to being broadcast and streamed to the web on NASA TV, the internet session and interviews also may be viewed live at: http://www.ustream.tv/NASA2Explore

The commander of the next space shuttle mission, Astronaut Mark Polansky, also is providing insights on his mission via Twitter and taking video questions that he will answer in a special session from space. To follow Polansky and submit questions, visit: http://www.twitter.com/Astro_127

For more on NASA and its programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and to view streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv