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NASA Hosting Google Hangout with ISS Astronauts Today

February 22, 2013

By Cynthia Herbert :: 10:27 AM

Have you ever wanted to aske a question to someone in space? Well, today you can, In a first for the space agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the Astronauts on the International Space Station this morning from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST.

Google+ Hangouts allow many people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or on YouTube. This opportunity will connect NASA fans with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth.

During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on live on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on NASA’s Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions.

To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, 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.

To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA’s Google+ page at

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.

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