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Facebook does an out-of-this-world thing–and it’s awesome

Facebook does an out-of-this-world thing–and it’s awesome
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While you were sleeping, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—who was at the social media giant’s California HQ—conducted the first ever Facebook Live broadcast from space, where he interviewed three astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The nearly 20-minute interview with Tim Kopra, Jeff Williams, and Tim Peake incorporated real-time questions from users all over the world who were awake to watch the live stream. The topics ranged from the astronauts’ mission and experiments, to how the internet connection works in space, to what kind of food they eat. “The food up here is very, very good,” said one.

Asked what astronauts do for fun, Williams said, “From time to time, especially around the dinner table, [we] play with our food in unique ways…It’s fun to play with water and weightlessness.” The three then humored Zuckerberg (at around 13 minutes into the interview) by performing a weightless somersault.

Are you wondering how to dial up the ISS to go live? Zuckerberg shared in a Facebook post that they were able to to connect the first Facebook Live from space “through satellites, mission control in Houston, and lots and lots of redundancy.” See theis map below:

To watch the full interview, click on this link:

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