Three space station astronauts chatted live today (June 1) with Facebook’s founder about experiments and fun in space, the things that training can’t prepare you for, and the true astronaut ice cream.

The live-streamed video marked the first use of Facebook Live in space, and the discussion among Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra, and British astronaut Tim Peake garnered hundreds of thousands of views as it was happening and 2.6 million views as of press time.

control Houston police call station for voice check all right station this is Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook can you hear me okay hey Mark Reedy loud and clear it's a pleasure to talk with you today it's great to talk to you guys too I have to say when you're building products to try to connect everyone in the world connecting folks who are out in space is about as extreme and cool as it gets so it's it's awesome to have the opportunity to talk to you guys today thanks for doing this so I think we should start by can you it's our pleasure can you introduce yourselves and your roles and how long you've been working up there for yeah sure my name is tim kopra i'm the commander of the International Space Station for expedition 47 tim peake and i arrived on the 15th of december and we've been working up here for about a hundred and sixty nine days what a great place to work and live and tim peake is is one of our flight engineers jeff williams is a flight engineer as well just arrived a couple months ago and this is his fourth flight in space third time on the space station so a great person to have on board this is my second flight Tim's first flight here and we have three cosmonauts onboard two that are at the other end of station that make art complement of a six-person crew nice so let's start with a couple of questions here about the science that you're doing onboard the space station so what kind of research are you doing in space that we can't do anywhere else that's a great question mark you know one of the main things that we do is try to understand the impacts of Joe gravity on the human body a lot of negative impacts and so in large measure we're an experiment so we exercise a couple hours every day which is a mitigation for the loss of bone density and muscle mass we have our eyes scan because there's issues with your eyes as a consequence of zero gravity and several other things that we do on board to try to make sure that when we go beyond low-earth orbit we fully understand the implications of Joe gravity on a human body but well beyond that we do lots of basic research up here as well because when you remove the zero the gravity component to a lot of physical phenomena you learn a lot of things so we have physical science experiments that range from combustion to to fluid flow to microbiology and so we're learning a ton and we expect that to pay dividends long term in terms of benefit for our planet all right so I'm curious to hear about what kind of technology you guys are working on that's going to help us travel to Mars beyond of course all the communication technology that we're working on to be able to connect with you guys to make sure that that works I think in general the ISS program is a big achievement in terms of the path to future exploration I mean just building and running and maintaining logistically learning how to operate it day to day and for the long-term for years to come all that's going to support future exploration no matter where we go of course an example that's been in the news here recently especially in the last couple of weeks is the the beam module the inflatable module which were we've got inflated now and we're going to outfit it instrument it it's a new technology which will of course allow greater volumes to to be launched with fewer launches and of course it's going to take a lot of volume to send a crew away from Earth no matter where the destination is all right so let's take some questions from the thread and by the way it's awesome to see the microphone just flying around over there that is not something that I'm used to even in our virtual reality lab where we can make stuff like that we just haven't yet so let's go to the thread so we got a question from Hakim I'm just obviously astronauts trained extensively for this kind of a mission but is there anything in particular that you weren't expecting or that surprised you like the microphone yeah that's a good question and for myself as a you know rookie astronaut on my first flight there were so many new experiences you know the training is phenomenal and we have a wonderful training team all around the world in all of our international partners sites but it's the real experience of you know launching in a Soyuz rocket and seeing that first orbit of planet Earth going through sunset seeing a moon rising a sunrise it's just you can't put into words how beautiful the planet is from up here and also having the privilege of seeing it change over the nearly 6 months that we've been up here now already and seeing the Northern Hemisphere going from winter to summer seeing thunderstorms at nighttime the Aurora and meters absolutely incredible so I think it's all of those kind of elements that the training really just can't prepare you for you know I have to say I think it's amazing how precise everything that you guys do has to be so just getting ready for this live today which by the way is the first live that we've ever done to outer space so that is awesome um you know normally at Facebook sometimes we run a few minutes early or a few minutes late and I know our team asked Ground Control Mission Control you know if it was cool if we started a little late and they responded like yeah sometimes we start as much as ten seconds late in our events and and I just thought that that was the funniest thing but it's amazing how precise you guys need need to be in everything that you do to make things run run safely so alright so let's um so what what's the next question that we should we should go to we on the thread Martha has written in the my second-grade students in Florida which is a teacher want to know how do you talk to each other if you're all from different countries and speak different languages we know we do speed different languages up here Tim speaks British speak American no but seriously we have three Russian cosmonauts on board and we've had a whole host of different international astronauts up here Japanese Canadians Germans all kinds of European astronauts and as a consequence you know we have to be able to communicate but typically when we do our training if it's a German or Japanese or Canadian or American training we speak English when we go to Russia we speak in Russian and so we all speak Russian to varying degrees of skill level our Russian cosmonaut friends speak English very well and so when we get together typically on board you know we'll speak either Russian or English or maybe a rusul ish a combination of both but it's very important for us to communicate and in fact that's probably the biggest aspect of our job up here is to make sure that everybody is on board and synchronized just like you said it's important to be on time and to have things done well but that's all done through effective communication and that's really done by us knowing each other's languages at least Russian and English well enough that we can train in both those different environments very impressive so in addition to being top scientists and in great shape and very precise operationally you also need to be linguists so so let's go to another question on on the thread which is a little more fun is do food and drinks taste differently in space most astronauts that have been up here over the years will say that their tastes change a little bit I think it has to do mostly with we kind of get a fullness in the head due to the environment we have a fluid shift of our body because the the gravity is not pulling down so that sometimes results in a stuffiness or whatnot so maybe our tastes are attenuated a little bit so most of us like to have spicier food up here the food can taste a little bland so will will spice it up a little bit on our own so I would say food does taste a little bit different we by the way have a wide variety of food on board from all different countries from the partner countries represented in all the partners so the food up here is very very good and is astronaut ice cream a real thing we know that the Ashland ice cream that you buy in the gift store that powdery stuff yeah that's not real but we've had ice cream on board when SpaceX came up they delivered a bunch of ice cream in a freezer so that's been quite the treat I think we're down to our last few bars we're trying to ration it so that's the real ice cream and that's quite a treat up here awesome all right so I want to make sure that we get back to our our live community because this is their you know the first chance that we've had to stream live to space I'm so Rob has a question which is what advice can you give aspiring explorers like me regarding how you got to be where you are today onboard the International Space Station you know that's a question we get asked quite a lot and if you look at the astronaut core not just in one country but all over the world we all come from so many different backgrounds some people have come from scientific from engineering from aviation medical doctors maybe teachers the one thing that we share in common is that we're very passionate about what we do and we've worked as hard as we can to get where we are so to any young people who are aspiring to become an astronaut to become explorers or just to go into the space industry I would say just you know focus on what it is that you're good at and what you enjoy because if you enjoy something that's what you tend to be best at work hard at it be passionate about it and you know your gateway you'll get where you want to go yeah I agree I think it's a lot of the same stuff for becoming an entrepreneur as well so you know one question that I have is I've heard that you guys use social networking and social technology quite a bit to communicate with people back down on earth and I'm curious to hear how that goes you know how the internet connection works and basically do you have any feedback for me on how we can make the service better for you you know social media is is a really nice way to reach your friends and family from up here and you know our internet connection is actually a relatively new thing and so we're very happy to have that because you know the whole world has become so connected that it's it really feels feels good that we can sort of be connected it's not quite the same speed bandwidth it that folks have done on the ground but it's it's good enough and allows us to keep in touch with with friends and family but you know social media for us for me personally I can say is great because it's one way that I can share the photographs that I take and and a few thoughts that I have up here because one thing about life up here it's so unique and it is such an opportunity and a blessing for us to be up here that be able to share it with other people especially a wide audience I mean a huge audience frankly with social media is is just a tremendous benefit so you know for myself I just I enjoy being able to share pictures and you know a few thoughts from our experience up here yeah well I love following the photos as well myself so what do you guys do for fun when you're when you're out and I'm in a zero gravity environment I mean what's the most fun thing that you've found to do that that you didn't expect well we do a lot of things that are fun actually we none of us get tired of viewing the earth from up here so a lot of time in the window study and all the details of the earth Tim talked about the different seasons and stuff that goes by and you know the different lighting conditions and weather patterns and you know all the geography and the geology and the ocean currents and in thunderstorms seeing lightning ripple across weather system that's a lot of fun so we spent a lot of time in the window of course you've you've talked about the microphone we all can from time to time especially around a dinner table play with our food in unique ways so we all get to be kids again and those kinds of doing those kinds of things it's fun to play with water and weightlessness and you know take a bubble of water and do different things with it so just the weightless environment and the view I think are the two main areas that we have fun with so just fly around and flip around the space station there you go that's what I was looking for all right so going back to a science question for a bit thank you guys for doing that by the way I think it would not have been a complete first live two to space without some astronauts flipping around in zero gravity so going back to science for a second and you were talking about how a lot of this is experimenting on the human body to see what what it can take in space what's the longest period that any astronaut has remained in space and what are the experiments that are being conducted geared towards future longer space travel and exploration we know I don't have the the data on the records I know that you know Scott Kelly and Misha Kornienko just got back after you know very close to a year their cosmonauts have spent even more time in space cumulatively I think you know the records will continue to be broken accumulative leave like Jeff this being his third long-duration spaceflight so you know a number of days overall is extremely high that's I mean it's really impressive that the human body can endure such long periods in space especially repeatedly but a lot of the experience the experiments were doing up here really directly relate to the long duration missions it will take us beyond low-earth orbit because we have to make sure that we maintain our our bone density and muscle mass that our eyes are in good shape and those are three areas that we're very very proactive in and we have to be right because we're up here for half a year at a time we just had an astronaut and a Cosmo here for close to a year and so those are the kinds of experiments that they're really going to lend themselves just understanding what it takes to go much farther and so it's going to be a step-by-step process and you know science is not necessarily a linear process where you learn things in a very linear fashion is going to be breakthroughs it's going to be a lot of time spent trying to understand these phenomena and you know eventually we'll get there I think we've made so many strides as a consequence of the International Space Station and I think we'll continue to alright I think we probably have time for one more question and you know Facebook being a technology company what I'm really interested in is you know how all this works all right scientifically and technologically so I'm really curious to hear what is your favorite or what do you find to be the most interesting piece of technology involved in getting to space and operating the space station and and all of what you guys do especially something that the audience is watching right now might not have might not be thinking about wow you know that's an interesting question because actually some of the most exciting parts of this mission have been the very basic technology for example the Soyuz rocket which hasn't changed much since the 60s but I can tell you that was a fairly exciting way to enter Earth's orbit but of course the space station is constantly being updated using cutting-edge technology and we had the opportunity recently to actually use virtual reality technology around the space station which is quite incredible to put this you know this headset on and to actually you see waypoints around the space station that remain where you put you can use view procedures for example I have 3d mapping of the space station have ground mission control being able to point things out to you so that really has got a large potential of the future operations I think on board and it's something that's quite exciting all right well I just want to take a moment to thank you guys this has been an incredible experience it's the first facebook live we've ever done with people from from outer space or will in outer space and it's amazing that this worked and so it's a testament to all of the technology and work that folks at NASA are doing and everything that you guys are doing to make it so we can really push the frontiers of what humanity understands and then can explore so you know from someone here on earth thank you for all of the work that you're doing it's really important and I hope the rest of the trip goes well and safely and that you you I learned a lot of good stuff from the experiments that you're doing thank you so much thank you Mark it's been a pleasure talking with you take care station this is Houston ACR that concludes the event thank you thank you facebook station we are now resuming operational audio communication

45 thoughts on “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Chat with Astronauts First Facebook Live in space


  2. Mark is the White's guy I have ever seen on tv….and every time he is on tv he makes things so awkward even during those press conference about when his company stole our information

  3. When the founder of the world's largest social media platform takes time out of what I'm sure is quite a busy schedule it really shows you just how much science and technology really makes a difference here in the USA and throughout the world!

  4. What are those astronots in space for?! They never show them doing any science, studies or research. The only thing they constantly show is astronots playing with food, monkey suits, inflammable balloons, toys and playing the guitar. This astronots are supposedly doing important missions, but all you see them is giving interviews and talking about nonsense most of the time. And does it make sense that they would bring into space all that unnecessary cargo like toys, ballots, music instruments?! Does that really make sense to people?! Its all a big show. (The earth is not flat tho……its these space missions that are a flat out lie)

  5. SO WHICH IS IT NOW? IS IT LIVE, IF SO, HOW COME THE ASTRONAUTS ALWAYS WAIT BEFORE RECEIVING AN ANSWER??? And in the midst of conversation they are somehow magically able to smile, ALL THREE AT ONCE, and then when he asks another question they wait a few seconds again.

  6. I wouldn't say that people who work for nasa are wasting their time but I'd say that we're wasting resources and energy , we'll never get anywhere because we were never meant to.

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