Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Live from space: You converse to Commander Mark Kelly and the Endeavour Crew

We’ve always jumped at the chance to bring the wonders of space a little earlier to home. We’ve announced a Moon office, a Moon race and an voyage to Mars and brought many nooks and crannies of the universe to Google Earth—Sky, Moon, Mars, NASA images and a Hubble tour, to name a few.

On Friday, April 29, the crew of STS-134 will open into space for the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour and we want to give you the chance to attach with them. On May 2, NASA Commander Mark Kelly and his crew will take your questions live from space on YouTube. PBS News Hour will live stream the interview from its YouTube channel with veteran space journalist Miles O’Brien curating and asking your questions to the crew.

Starting today, you can visit to present a video or written question for the crew of STS-134 to be used in the live interview and vote for your favorite questions. You can also submit questions on Twitter with the hashtag #utalk2nasa. Don’t be shy—if you’re most inquisitive about how to prepare for a spacewalk or wondering if the astronauts have a speech ready for an extra-terrestrial encounter, this is your chance to find out. Here’s a video from PBS and Miles O’Brien to inspire you:

A few suggestions before submitting your questions:

* Video questions are favored, and should be a max of 20 seconds long
* Speak clearly and film in a place with least background noise. Keep the camera as still as possible and ask the question straight to the camera
* Look through NASA videos on YouTube about STS-134 to learn more about the task and crew

You have until Saturday April 30 at midnight ET to present your questions. The top ranked questions will be used in the live interview on Monday, May 2 at 2:15pm ET / 11:15am PT.

To get the full skill of STS-134, you can also watch a live stream of the shuttle launch on Friday April 29 starting at 3:47pm ET at Both the start and the interview will be available for archived viewing.

Houston, we’re set for lift-off.

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