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]



Meet the Author
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 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.