NASA to Host Google Hangout From the International Space Station

    February 11, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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NASA announced this week that it will host the first-ever Google+ Hangout live from the International Space Station (ISS).

The Hangout will take place from 11 am to 12 pm EST on February 22. The event will allow NASA fans to interact with astronauts both on Earth and aboard the ISS. Astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield, and Tom Marshburn will be on-hand to answer questions about life on the ISS.

Since only up to 10 people can “Hangout” at one time (though the event will be open for anyone to watch live), NASA is encouraging its social media fans to submit video questions before the Hangout. During the Hangout “several” of these video questions will be chosen to be aired and answered by the ISS station crew and other astronauts. The videos must be uploaded to YouTube with the tag #askAstro and must be 30 seconds or shorter. The deadline for submitting videos is February 12.

NASA will also take live questions from its social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ during the Hangout. The same hashtag, #askAstro, will be used to identify questions during the Hangout. The agency stated that “unique and original questions” are more likely to be answered.

Though this is the first NASA Hangout from the ISS, it won’t be the last. The agency has stated that it will continue to host Hangouts “with astronauts on the ground and in space, scientists, engineers, and managers on the agency’s missions and milestones.”

  • http://heiwaco.tripod.com/moontravel.htm Anders Björkman

    I think the ISS is a hoax as you cannot get down alive from an object like the ISS that orbits at 7800 m/s speed at 400 000 m altitude. To get down you must slow down the orbital speed but total speed will increase when you drop down into atmosphere at say 100 000 m altitude and 9000 m/s speed. NASA/JPL/SpaceX suggest that friction then will slow you down but … it is nonsense. Visit my website and prove me wrong and earn € 1 000 000:- !!! Imagine that!

    • vilhelm, phd

      As someone with a basic knowledge of physics… Go home, you’re drunk. I can go outside and SEE the ISS at night, through a TELESCOPE. Back during the Shuttle days you could see them as well. Despite what you may think, we couldn’t fake the ISS. It would be cheaper to just build and operate an International Space Station. In an age where countless video and photos from the Space Station are being uploaded by both NASA and astronauts on board from various countries, how could you possibly consider it fake?

      • vilhelm, phd

        Also, it’s the third brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon. If the Shuttles aren’t real either, and therefore Soyuz and Shenzhou, can you explain how three desperate governments with agendas mostly contrary to one another have mastered the art of launching expensive rockets for no reason, creating extremely long term microgravity on earth for their videos and social events, and getting 15 nations to all be part of ISS fakery, and – here’s the kicker – doing it all so well that I can show you my own photographer of the station through my scope, from early days to its full construction? And the miraculous appearance of new modules every time the ‘shuttle’ visited?