Sun, Feb 07, 2010
The Public Is Invited To "Tweet" Their Way Into Space
The Twitterverse and universe will
converge during space shuttle Endeavour's mission to the
International Space Station. NASA is inviting the public to send
questions for the astronauts via Twitter and have them answered
live from space.
Astronaut Mike Massimino will be accepting questions for the
crew from the public via his Twitter account until Thursday,
February 11th. Massimino will be a shuttle Capcom, or spacecraft
communicator, at NASA's Mission Control in Houston during
Endeavour's flight, scheduled for launch February 7th.
At 0224 CST on February 11th, Massimino will host an interactive
event with the crew from his console in Mission Control. He will
ask the astronauts as many submitted and live questions as
practical during the 20-minute event. The shuttle will be docked to
the station during the live question and answer session. The event
with Endeavour's crew will be broadcast live on the Web and NASA
The public is invited to start tweeting questions for
Endeavour's crew today to Massimino's Twitter account, @astro_Mike,
or add the hashtag #askastro to their tweets.
Tranquility Cupola Artists
Endeavour's 13-day STS-130 mission will include three spacewalks
and the delivery of the Tranquility node, the final module of the
U.S. portion of the station. Tranquility will provide additional
room for crew members and many of the space station's life support
and environmental control systems.
Attached to Tranquility is a cupola, which houses a robotic
control station and has seven windows. The windows will provide a
panoramic view of Earth, celestial objects and visiting spacecraft.
After the node and cupola are added, the orbiting laboratory will
be approximately 90 percent complete.
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