Google+ Hangout: Your Questions About Life in Space

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For as much as everyone from cavemen to Queen Elizabeth has enjoyed gazing at the stars (or hi-resolution photos of them), at the current rate few of us will ever venture more than a few thousand feet from the surface of the Earth and see the rest of the cosmos from outside of our life-sustaining atmosphere.

Former astronaut Piers Sellers has though, and he’ll be joining us for our next live Google+ Hangout On Air, along with two National Geographic Explorers who have both made an impact on space exploration. Constance Adams has designed complex expandable living areas for the International Space Station, and Bethany Ehlmann is at the cutting edge of Martian exploration, studying the red planet’s rocks and even driving the Curiosity rover itself.

Reflected light gives the space shuttle Atlantis an unusual copper tone. (Photo courtesy NASA)
Reflected light gives the space shuttle Atlantis an unusual copper tone. (Photo courtesy NASA)

You can be a part of the conversation too, by posting your questions below or on social media with #LetsExplore, and joining us for the Hangout, Thursday, March 20th at  2:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. UTC).

What Will You Ask?

While we all remember our childhood adventures in learning about space, much has been learned since the 60’s, 80’s, or even the early 2000’s. This month, National Geographic is opening the floodgates of space information across all our media, helping shed light on the latest discoveries, technologies, and ideas about the universe around us.

March 2014 cover of National Geographic Magazine. (Photo courtesy NGM)
March 2014 cover of National Geographic Magazine. (Photo courtesy NGM)

First off, the Magazine cover story explores just what we know, don’t know, and might never even be able to know about black holes.

Then, beginning Sunday, March 9, famed astronomer Neil de Grasse Tyson comes to the National Geographic Channel to host the 13-episode series “COSMOS”, exploring all the universe as we know it in a spectacular presentation following from Carl Sagan’s classic 1980 series (watch the trailer below).

Later that week, we’ll travel up to the International Space Station for the two-hour television event “Live From Space,” where astronauts will give a tour of their micro-gravity world, while views out the windows reveal Earth from dusk to dawn, showing lightning from overhead, green aurora, city lights, and sunrise itself as you’ve never seen it before.

And every day there are new posts in our Star Struck blog, covering everything from the latest telescope images to the best night-sky sights of the week.


Trailer for COSMOS beginning Sunday, March 9


How to Participate in the Hangout

You can be a part of our next Google+ Hangout. Send in your questions for these National Geographic Explorers  and guests and they may be asked on air. Submit your questions by…

  • Uploading a video question to YouTube with hashtag #LetsExplore
  • Posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with hashtag #LetsExplore or
  • Commenting directly on this blog post

Follow National Geographic on Google+ or return to this blog post to watch the Google+ Hangout Thursday, March 20th at  2:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. UTC).

Other Hangouts From National Geographic:

Hangout With the Adventurers of the Year
Hangout With Buzz Aldrin and Conrad Anker
Hangout With Explorers on All Seven Continents

[Updated 3/13/14]

Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.
  • jawad fadel

    hi how are you i want to told you i love space veryy mach i want to go to space plzzz its my drem plz cze i love very mach the space and i know what is space 🙁

  • rahul trivedi

    I am eager for that moment when NASA will declare there is life on other planet as well.

  • Tushar Modi


  • roi utoro

    Well, there is a big question of mine since I am a kid for all space scientist….
    Base on your knowlede, can we live in another planet ? I mean if not in our solar system, perhaps in alpha centaury solar system or somewhere out there ? So if we can….which planet or solar system @ this milky way ?

  • madhu mittal

    Are there some bodies of alliance ln nasa for research ???

  • Parthsarathi

    is there any possibility to find out any planet like Earth in other solar system of our universe?

  • Seyed Torabi

    Please if its able , tell me when you say ,Thursday 20 March, 2.30 pm EST(7.30 pm utc) ,where is the location of this time.
    and what is the equal time of that in my location(Sacrament,CA)

  • Editor jg

    I read about black hole on National Geographic. Somewhere it said if you are near that sport?, and you live one minute, its like a thousand years on earth (I don’t know if anyone has lived that long). Now I have also read a million years to God is just like a minute to us. Now if a million is a thousand times a thousand, who can begin to explain this?

  • Rajkumar Oberoi

    I have vision every living entity on earth has a link to a particular star in the cosmos. Trying my best only by my thoughts as to how connectivity is possible. sometimes telepathy works but only for moments & then vanishes.

  • Seyed Torabi

    still I`m Waiting for you response about the equal time for 2.30pm Est or 7.30 pm GMT,in my location.
    thank you.

  • leidy galvis h

    hi im from colombia , i saw on cosmos that in space we live more time , our clock of life is slower so can you explain how?? isn’t magic?

  • Andrew Howley

    Hello Seyed, the time has been corrected. The Hangout will begin at 6:30pm UTC.

  • rylee grunden

    These are for all of you.Have you seen ufos up there?
    How fast are you going?
    Is the auroa borialis awesome up there?

  • Deepanshu Thakur

    Hi everyone I want to ask that In black hole density is almost infinity so gravity is also infinite so that nothing even light cannot passed through it and due to great gravity it sucks everything from it’s way then where these things gone????

  • Deepanshu Thakur

    I want to ask one more question that assume that our sun or let’s make it simple assume earth becomes black hole (I know it’s not going to happen but assume) then how much speed for a partical (assume this partical can move much faster then speed of light) can exit from our black hole earth?
    In simple words my question is at which speed any partical can exit out from black hole?

  • Deepanshu Thakur

    As TUSHAR MODI asked I want to ask that why a small area on earth is present to enter in earth from space. why can’t we enter in earth from space from anyplace.
    and I want to become a astronaut. I am currently doing my computer engineering and I am 19 only so which path should I choose to become a astronaut????

  • Deepanshu Thakur

    Tushar modi read this artical to know more about black hole gratt artical by nat geo.
    I have asked 3 question want answer or all of them please nat geo thanks in advance!!!!

  • Norsiah Ramli

    Is there any chance the life on earth been vacuum into space? Like those missing aircraft arond Bermuda Triangle or anywhere on earth?

  • Deepanshu Thakur

    If a black hole can take every thing and can radiates everything in form of hawking’s radiation. can we consider a black hole as a perfect black body because it is completing both conditions of perfect black body?

  • tudor

    Do you believe that robots can help astronauts in or out of iss?

  • Necat Taşdelen

    Not able to understand the timing of the hangout: 20 Mart Per, 14:30 GMT-4. So I am declining.

  • priya

    #LetsExplore For Constance: If we were to experience a massive extinction event within the next year, do we have the capability right now to start over on any other planet?

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