Always wanted to talk to an astronaut? NASA will be hosting its first live Google+ Hangout on February 22nd, and everyone is invited to watch. The Hangout will go live from the International Space Station (ISS), and will last one hour: from 11am to 12pm EST. Not only will you get to watch the astronauts live, you will also get the chance to ask them your very own questions in text or video.
One of the ways to submit a question to the astronauts is to record a 30 second video and upload it to YouTube. In the video, you should introduce yourself and say where you’re from, and then quickly ask your question before the 30 seconds are up. During the event, several videos with questions will go live and get answered, but in order to be considered you must upload the video by February 12th, and tag it with #askAstro.
If you can’t make it by Tuesday, or don’t want to expose yourself on video, there are several other ways to communicated with the ISS astronauts. During the live event, you’ll be able to ask questions on Google+, Twitter or YouTube by using the #askAstro tag next to your question. NASA will also start a special thread on their Facebook Page on the day of the event through which you can also submit your questions.
Once live, you can watch the event on NASA’s Google+ page or YouTube channel. According to NASA, “astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station.” So this is your chance to finally find out what exactly goes on on the ISS, and how it’s possible to sleep and exercise in near-weightlessness. Should be interesting.
Will you attend the Hangout on February 22nd? What will you ask the astronauts?
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