National Geographic Channel is using social media to vet questions for its upcoming TV special, Live From Space, scheduled to air Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, at which time viewers will be able to see astronauts from the International Space Station and get first-hand tour of how they live in microgravity for months. They will not only be broadcasting live from the ISS but also from Mission Control in Houston, Texas. The ISS team will conduct experiments, showing us the real-world value of the science conducted on the floating laboratory as well as show us stunning views of Earth from their perspective and describe in detail what flying 250 miles above the Earth’s surface at 17,500 mph is like on a daily basis.
And, if that’s not cool enough, viewers will also have chance to submit questions to the astronauts! National Geographic is using Instagram to collect questions and images of people waving to the astronauts ahead of the live broadcast.
— Nat Geo Channel (@NatGeoChannel) March 3, 2014
Here’s how to submit:
1. Take a photo or video of yourself waving to the ISS astronauts. Every message of support and positivity means a lot to the astronauts, and they’ll be waving back from space!
2. In the comments, ask them your question and add the hashtag #HelloFromEarth.
3. Upload your post to Instagram. Make sure your profile is public so they can see your question!
Here are some of the most interesting questions we’ve seen on Instagram so far:
What would you want to ask the astronauts? Leave us a link to your Instagram #HelloFromEarth message in our comments section!