Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — he’s just like us! He goes on runs, he changes his daughter’s diapers, and oh yeah, he calls astronauts aboard the International Space Station. At least, he will on Wednesday. Zuckerberg, whose new Facebook Live broadcast initiatives have sought to lend some sense of transparency to the social media behemoth, will have some pretty special guests on the program on Wednesday. Beginning at 12:55 p.m. EDT on June 1, NASA says that the founder will speak with three astronauts currently living and working on the ISS, and you’ll be able to tune in and watch the entire exchange on NASA’s Facebook page.
The broadcast is set to last 20 minutes and will include conversations with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams, as well as ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) Tim Peake. According to the space agency’s press release on the momentous occasion, Zuckerberg will be relaying questions submitted by viewers like you on NASA’s Facebook page.
NASA has already prompted interested parties with some food for thought as far as inquiries are concerned — ever wondered what it’s like to live and work in microgravity orbiting the Earth? Want to know more about the “out-of-this-world science” taking place miles above the stratosphere? How does the research in space help prepare to send humans on a journey to Mars? Ask all these questions and more, and perhaps your curiosity will be satisfied.
This certainly isn’t the first time NASA and its astronauts have taken advantage of social media to shed light on their work and drum up enthusiasm over ongoing space programs. After all, during Scott Kelly’s record-setting tenure in space, he relied heavily upon Twitter to communicate with followers back on Earth, famously sending out quite a few breathtaking photos of Earth and our universe.
So if you’ve something to ask the astronauts currently living on the ISS, head on over to NASA’s Facebook page and ask away.