Space Station Astronauts to Conduct Google+ Hangout

NASA has announced that the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will hold a Google Hangout later this month. Set to take place at 11 a.m. on February 22, the Hangout aims to connect NASA's social media followers with astronauts on the ground and living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting 240 miles above Earth.

NASA has given its followers several days to submit questions via video, with the closing date for submissions listed as February 12. However, you can also submit questions via Twitter in real time using the hashtag #askAstro. Though a Google Hangout has room for 10 people, it's not yet clear if NASA plans to allow followers to join the Hangout if a spot opens up. It's likely all 10 spots will be filled by astronauts aboard the ISS or NASA personnel on the ground. While the Hangout is limited to 10 participants, you can watch it online as a spectator to hear the crew answer followers' questions. The Hangout will be live on NASA's Google+ page or on the NASA Television YouTube channel.

NASA says its own astronauts, Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn, will join Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in answering questions and providing insights about life aboard the ISS.

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  • So where are you guys hanging tonight?

    Oh I don't know, I'm just thinking of sticking around the space station tonight, how about you?
  • This sort of thing would generate a lot more public interest if they didn't announce it at all in advance. Let it spread by word of mouth that some astronauts are "hanging out" on g+ from the ISS, and I guarantee, the media will make a huge deal of it. Larger than if it seems like an orchestrated event.

    People like to believe in spontaneity among professional government employees.
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