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Astronauts Hosting Google+ Hangout

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Curious about life in space? Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to host their first live Google+ Hangout from space. Three astronaunts will be available during the event which is scheduled to happen from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST on February 22.

Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield, and Tom Marshburn will be hosting the event will orbiting the Earth at roughly 4.8 miles per second aboard the ISS. If you would like a question answered during the broadcast you will need to upload a video that’s 30 seconds or less to YouTube, tagging the video with an #askAstro.

Keep in mind that the deadline to submit video questions is February 12. If you’re submitting a video, make sure to kick it off with your name and geographical location before asking your question.

If you’re pumped about the upcoming broadcast you can get your intellectual juices flowing by heading on over to NASA’s Google+ page, or its YouTube channel and checking out all their virtual goodies. When NASA kicks off the zero-g event you can also watch the broadcast through either of these pages.

Most of the questions answered during the event will be pre-recorded questions, but you can still submit real time questions by using NASA’s Google+, Twitter, of Facebook pages.

Ford and Hadfield left for the ISS in December and joined Marshburn, who was already aboard. The team is currently conducting experiments and performing station maintenance. It’s typical for astronauts to stay aboard the ISS for six month intervals.

You may remember a recent video of William Shattner interviewing Hadfield aboard the ISS. Just in case you didn’t catch it:

NASA said in a statement, “Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires different approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising…”

Here’s the full press release:

NASA Hosts Its First Google+ Hangout Connecting with Space Station

WASHINGTON — NASA will host its first Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Friday, Feb. 22. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers with astronauts on the ground and living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting 240 miles above Earth.

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people to chat face-to-face, while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube.

NASA’s social media followers may submit video questions prior to the Hangout. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by the station crew and astronauts on the ground. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. Additionally, NASA also will take real-time questions submitted by fans on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

The deadline to submit video questions is Feb. 12. To be considered, video clips must be no longer than 30 seconds and must be uploaded to YouTube and tagged with #askAstro. Submitters should introduce themselves and mention their location before asking their question.

Also use #askAstro to ask real-time questions on Google+, YouTube or Twitter during the event. On the morning of the event, NASA will open a thread on its Facebook page where questions may be posted.

The hangout can be viewed live on NASA’s Google+ page or on the NASA Television YouTube channel. To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit the NASA’s Google+ page at: http://www.google.com/+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. 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 different approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

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