Astronauts in space have decided to interact with millions of humans on Earth and have decided to hold a Google Hangouts session.
On February 22, 2013, NASA scientists aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that is presently orbiting 240 miles over the Earth, will hold the first live Google Hangout session. The session will be conducted with Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn who are astronauts aboard the ISS. Canadian Space Agency’s Chris Hadfield will also be a part of the conference.
Interested people can send their queries in advance to the space station. People can submit a video query through YouTube. The query needs to not more than 30 seconds and must have the tag #AskAstro so NASA ground people can sift through and select the appropriate videos. Interested people should also provide their name and inform their location in their video.
Real-time questions will also be answered by the astronauts. As the live hangout can support just upto 10 people at a max, the hangout can be viewed LIVE by millions across the world on Google or YouTube. Questions posted on their Facebook page will also be answered.
This is not the first time NASA is conducting such activities and using the social media platform to connect with astronomy enthusiasts. However this is the first time the space expert is using a Social Media platform of Google Plus to address enthusiasts.