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Amiko Kauderer
Storyteller. Modern hippie. Competitive creep. Volunteer. Admirer of the Arts. Outdoors. World travel. I teach astronauts to tweet & sometimes I'm on NASA TV.
Storyteller. Modern hippie. Competitive creep. Volunteer. Admirer of the Arts. Outdoors. World travel. I teach astronauts to tweet & sometimes I'm on NASA TV.

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Fun hosting this week's #spacetoground ! Spacewalk prep & #ISS science to keep an eye on the weather. Plus: How do you put your pants on? Astronaut Reid Wiseman shows us he's all in! #pullyourpantsup  
Watch 'Space to Ground,' your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station. Got a question or comment? Use #spacetoground to talk to us. #ISScargo  #ISScrew #ISS 

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NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy discusses an upcoming spacewalk to replace a failed backup computer relay box also known as a multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM).

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Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 11:00 a.m to noon EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth.

You are able to submit video questions prior to the Hangout. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions.


To submit a video question, you must upload your video clip of less than 30 seconds to YouTube and tag it with #askAstro. Submitters should introduce themselves and mention their location. Questions must be tagged with #askAstro to be considered. The deadline to submit video questions is Feb. 12.


To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event.


To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at

During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

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Just a typical 21st century Friday - hangout with astronauts! Yep, you can do that.  
Come join Italian Air Force fighter pilot and European Space Agency astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti and I for a G+ hangout this Friday at 10:30am Central. Let's talk space and Samantha's upcoming mission to the International Space Station as a crew member of Expedition 42!

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NASA Johnson Space Center is on Google+ Add us to your circle!

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Fifty years ago, President John Kennedy challenged us to go to the moon within the decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
As we remember Neil Armstrong this week – the man who, with a single step realized the hopes of a president, this nation and the world – we are recognizing the extraordinary achievements of the past five decades achieved by our nation's space agency and where the passion to explore will lead us in the future.
President Barack Obama has set NASA on course toward an asteroid and to send humans to Mars within the next two decades. This goal is not without notable challenges, but using the knowledge, expertise and American ingenuity that has been the trademark of NASA scientists and engineers for the last half-century, NASA continues to make possible that which is seemingly impossible.
At 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 12, NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers will hold a Google+ Hangout to talk about NASA's rich history of innovation and ingenuity and talk about NASA's future goals for scientific discovery and human spaceflight.

During the event, we'll be joined by:
- Dan Dumbacher, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. He is the former Director of Engineering at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Previously, he was the deputy director of safety and mission assurance at Marshall.
- Ron Garan, astronaut who lived and worked aboard the International Space Station. He has been in space for 178 days and has conducted four spacewalks.
- John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. He is a former astronaut and researcher in high energy astrophysics, cosmic ray physics, and in the emerging field of exoplanet studies. He was also the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope.
- Michael Lopez-Alegria, the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He is a former Naval Aviator and test pilot (Capt., U.S. Navy, Ret.), NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander.

To join the event, visit at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ask your questions of the group in the comments below or using hashtag #askNASA :

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NASA Administrator Bolden blogs on National Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank a Teacher!

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My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Batson encouraged me to write, because I could not multiply. She taught me to multiply my strengths. (pictured here in 1st grade when I first learned my craft) For Teacher Appreciation Week: Who was your favorite teacher, and why?

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Geek out on rocketry.

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As NASA prepared to celebrate Earth Day, I talked with Cindy Evans, ph.D., Associate ISS Earth Observations Scientist last Friday. Learn how the beautiful images taken from space are teaching us about our planet.
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