Hangout With an Astronaut: Ask Your Questions

Photo courtesy of NASA

Since the year of mankind’s inaugural trip to space in 1961, 341 people have crossed the celestial borders of outer space. These new-age navigators represent the pinnacle of human achievement. What is it about their daring voyages that elicit wonderment in those watching from Earth? Becoming an astronaut is a difficult, but not impossible dream. Join us for our next Google+ Hangout to discover one astronaut’s path to becoming a crew member on the International Space Station.

Astronaut Piers Sellers has participated in not one, but three missions to the International Space Station (ISS), his most recent flight in 2010. He has performed multiple space walks and eaten plenty of astronaut food. With over a month’s worth of room and board on the ISS, Piers knows better than most what it’s like to live in space.

Piers smiles from inside his snug space suit. Photo courtesy of NASA.

We’re also joined by space architect, Constance Adams and planetary geologist Bethany Ehlmann — two women working to make space more habitable for humans. Bethany is part of the famed Mars Rover Curiosity team based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). As a geologist, she’s analyzing the surface of Mars for evidence of water and environments suitable for life. Constance also hails from NASA and specializes in designing complex expandable living areas for the International Space Station and for the surface of Mars. When humans get to the red planet, it’ll be thanks in part to work these two National Geographic Explorers have done.

Want to ask Piers what it was like to live in zero-gravity? Or ask Constance how small a box she could fit a room into? Or ask Bethany for the latest news form Mars ? Tune into our next Hangout March 20th at  2:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. UTC).

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) to ask your burning questions and hear them answered by our explorers live!

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