Being a space junkie is kind of freaky these days as there is nothing much to do other than sitting in a room and watch all the stars twinkle. It is at this time that Google thought of stepping up things, and as a result, some of the lucky ones who love space can directly talk to ISS astronauts including Kevin Ford, Tom Marshburn, Chris Hadfield using Google+ hangout service. They will be answering questions from space.
From 11am to 12pm EST on February 22nd, the three will address viewers at google.com/+NASA, taking a combination of prerecorded video questions and real-time ones from social networks.
If you’re interested in recording a question, you’ll have until February 12th to upload a YouTube video of 30 seconds or less tagged with #askAstro. The same tag can be used for text questions on Twitter, YouTube, or Google+, and a Facebook page will be opened on the 22nd.
With the White House using the Hangout service as a way to connect with citizens, Hangouts have become popular as a form of open press conference. Its not the first time the ISS has been connected to earth by Hangout.
Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide on the ISS spoke with kids who were visibly excited by the fact that they were talking to a man in space through a social network. The event was organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA in cooperation with Google.
The chat lasted only for 20 minutes and there were slight delays, but doing a live chat from space makes it worth every single moment.