Hanging out with Astronaut Luca Parmitano: Our Only Live Interview Before the Launch

Last Friday my mentor Astronaut Luca Parmitano and I “hung out on air” on Google+. This was a live broadcast and anyone could have tuned in to watch – even if you aren’t on Google+. If you had time to watch, I thank you for your questions and interactions. I had so much fun and it was great to see Luca again before the launch in May!

The interview was facilitated by the Public Insight Network which is a part of American Public Media. I was so excited to have this opportunity with Luca before he launches on May 28, 2013  to live on the International Space Station (ISS) for six months. We had an awesome chat about both of our passions for space and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as about Luca’s exciting work on the ISS this year.

We also discussed my exciting opportunity to serve as Luca’s Earth Liaison. In the chat, Luca talked about meeting me for the first time, saying, “I like passionate people. Any kind of passion. Any kind of interest in anything that keeps you inspired…I saw a lot of myself in Abby.” He emphasized his excitement and the importance of my job as Earth Liaison and that he was happy his experience could be used to inspire kids throughout the world.

This was the only interview that Luca and I will be participating in together before his launch. I hope you didn’t miss it! But, if you didn’t have the chance to tune in, you can still watch the whole interview below! 

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