ESA to produce first space Web video chat

November 22, 2006

The European Space Agency and T-Online, a German Internet service provider, are going to produce the world's first space Web video chat.

ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter will answer questions from the International Space Station during Tuesday's event, which will enable German-speaking space enthusiasts to communicate with Reiter.

ESA said chat participants will receive first-hand information from Reiter on the status of his mission and how he lives, works and conducts scientific investigations in a weightless environment.

During the event, questions submitted from the public via the Web will be relayed directly to Reiter on board the ISS by a moderator. Reiter will answer in real time, while flying over Russia at a speed of 17,000 mph.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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