NASA Hosts Its First Google+ Hangout Connecting With Space Station

      NASA Hosts Its First Google+ Hangout Connecting With Space Station

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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

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:

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.

For information about the space station, research in low-Earth orbit, NASA's
commercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit:

To follow Marshburn and Hadfield on Twitter, visit:



Contact: John Yembrick/Jason Townsend, Headquarters, Washington,
+1-202-358-1584/202-358-0359, /
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