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#askNASA astronaut Mike Hopkins about fitness in a Google+ Hangout

Tim Gibbon (Social Media Portal (SMP)) - 17 July 2013

#askNASA about fitness and space on NASAís Google+ page with astronaut Mike Hopkins, US athletes and sportspeople


Learn more about health on Earth and up in the stars with a NASA astronaut and US sportspeople later today

NASA logoNASA astronaut Mike Hopkins (Michael S. Hopkins (Colonel, USAF)) will discuss health, fitness and astronaut training with American athletes and professional sportspeople in a live Google+ Hangout from 3 p.m. CDT (4 p.m. EDT) today.

Anyone can submit questions to NASA using Twitter @NASA and Google+ in advance and during the Hangout using the hashtag #askNASA.  In addition to this, NASA will open a thread on its Facebook page where questions may be posted before the Hangout begins.

US government agency NASA is responsible for the nationís space program, aeronautics and aerospace research and was formed on 29 July 1958.

Born in Lebanon, Missouri, USA, Hopkins grew up on a farm outside Richland, Missouri. He was educated at the School of the Osage High School, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, holds a B.S. aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois and a M.S. aerospace engineering from Stanford University.

Photograph of Mike Hopkins Michael S. Hopkins (Colonel, USAF), a NASA astronaut He was selected in July 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class.  He recently graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training, which included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station (ISS) systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, water and wilderness survival training.

He is a keen sportsman sports participating in athletics throughout life, including serving as the team captain for the football team while at the University of Illinois. His recreational interests include hockey, backpacking, snow skiing and running. He also is an avid fan of Cross Fit and weightlifting.

Participants joining Mike Hopkins will be:

  • Jared Crick, Houston Texans professional football player
  • Rachel Flatt, 2010 US Olympic team figure skater
  • Rich Froning Jr., CrossFit Games champion
  • Mark Guilliams, Hopkins' lead strength and conditioning coach
  • Sam Kass, an Obama Administration senior policy advisor on nutrition and executive director of the White House's Lets Move! campaign
  • Peter Moore, Men's Health magazine
  • Curt Tomasevicz, 2010 US Olympic bobsledder

NASA reports that, Hopkins is in the final phase of his mission training appointed as a flight engineer as he and his crewmates (the expedition 37/38 crew) prepare for their launch to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 25 September 2013.

The live Hangout can be seen live on NASA's Google+ page or on NASA Television.  NASA isnít a stranger in using social media effectively to reach its fans, followers, media and many other stakeholders as a Social Media Portal (SMP) profiled interview with John Yembrick, NASA's social media manager and agency spokesperson shares.  Double check the time at Time & Date.  NASA is social from various social channels including:


Google+ Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform launched on May 15, 2013 during the keynote of its I/O development conference.  Google+ Hangouts replaces three messaging products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Talk, Google+ Messenger and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+. Hangouts competes with other messaging services including Microsoft owned Skype.

Read the full SMP with Yembrick available in the SMP profiled section.

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