Twitter to Major Tom: NASA Lets Public Tweet Astronauts

Ever wanted to ask an orbiting astronaut what it's really like up there? Is the food any good? Can you sleep well in zero-g? And, of course, is that urine recycler still acting up?

Well, now's your chance. NASA astronaut Mike Massimino is accepting questions via Twitter for the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour, which is scheduled to launch Feb. 7 on a 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Massimino, better known as on Twitter, will take questions from users of the micro-blogging service until Thursday, Feb. 11. At 2:24 a.m. CST on that date, he'll host an interactive event with the Shuttle crew from NASA's Mission Control in Houston, where he will be based during the mission.

During the 20-minute live Q&A session, Massimino will ask the astronauts as many questions as possible. The event will be broadcast live on the Web and .

It's no surprise that NASA would preselect questions from Twitter users. One could only image the deluge of queries, many a bit loopy, that the Shuttle crew might encounter without some filtering.

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