I just wrote yesterday about how rapidly live streaming video online was gaining in popularity and uses, and now YouTube has announced the most unique live streaming event yet: an interview with Space Shuttle Endeavor astronauts... from space... conducted in celebration of NASA's Space Shuttle program, which will be retired after this final mission.
Live video interviews are nothing new on the Internet. But I'm not sure there's ever been one where one of the participants is actively orbiting the planet. But that's exactly what YouTube has planned for May 2.
The Space Shuttle Endeavor is scheduled to launch on April 29th, that's Friday for the calendar-challenged. And if all goes as planned with the launch, then on May 2 at 2:15pm (ET), shuttle commander Mark Kelly and his crew will answer questions in a live streaming chat with PBS' Miles O'Brien. Of course, if the launch is delayed, then the interview broadcast will be as well, so you might want to keep an eye on the YouTube blog for updates.
Here's a video of O'Brien, talking about the event and how you can participate:
This unique live stream is also interactive, as YouTube is actively seeking video questions from users for use during the interview. You can go to the PBS News Hour YouTube channel to submit a question, and you have until Saturday, April 30, at midnight (ET) to do so.
Text questions are allowed, but video questions are preferred. You should limit your video question to 20 seconds. YouTube also has some tips for would-be interviewers:
- Speak clearly and film in a place with minimal background noise. Keep the camera as still as possible and ask the question directly to the camera
- Look through NASA videos on YouTube about STS-134 to learn more about the mission and crew
PBS & YouTube will also be streaming the Endeavor launch itself, with you can see at the PBS News Hour channel at 3:47pm (ET) on Friday, April 29, 2011.