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NASA astronaut will tweet, take YouTube questions ... live from space

May 8, 2009 | 11:54 am

NASA astronaut Mark Polansky is planning to take social media out of this world.

In a YouTube video posted today, Polansky said that during his crew's mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for June, he plans to both issue Twitter updates and take questions from YouTube users -- questions that he will answer live from space.

"Your questions and my answers from space will be broadcast nationwide on NASA television during the mission," he said. "My crew and I are ready to fly and looking forward to sharing the excitement with you."

Polansky instructed users to submit 30-second response videos to YouTube, and then send the link to his Twitter account (presumably he means via an @ reply).  As of this writing, Polansky's account had only 234 followers.

Endeavor mission STS-127, the 23rd for that shuttle, will bring mission specialist Timothy L. Kopra to the space station, where he'll be a flight engineer and science officer. The shuttle also will pick up the Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and take him home.

-- David Sarno

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