Facebook Live in space: Mark Zuckerberg chats with astronauts

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg interviewed astronauts in space and broadcasted it through Facebook Live
  • The astronauts were aboard the ISS during the interview with earthbound Zuckerberg
  • The video of the live chat has now reached nearly 5M views

Facebook went where no social media network has gone before — in space!

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took part in a pioneering Facebook Live event with 3 astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

“When you’re building products to try to connect everyone in the world, connecting folks who are out in space is about as extreme and cool as it gets,” Zuckerberg said.

The earth-bound Zuckerberg conducted a live interview and incorporated real-time user questions along with his own in the wide-ranging conversation with astronauts Tim Kopra, Tim Peake, and Jeff Williams, who were aboard the ISS, as per an article published by CBS News.

The billionaire CEO couldn’t help but geek out during the first-ever Facebook Live broadcast to space; marveling as the microphone floated between the astronauts in the zero-gravity environment.

“That is not something I’m even used to!” Zuckerberg said; adding that the floating microphone reminded him a lot of the experiences created in virtual reality.

“One of the main things we do is try to understand the impacts of zero gravity on the human body — a lot of negative impacts. In large measure, we’re an experiment,” Commander Kopra said when asked about the goals of their out-of-this-world mission.

The goal is to see how humans could eventually withstand long periods living up in space — making way for potential future Mars expeditions.

The live chat lasted approximately 20 minutes and questions ranged from types of experiments being done in space to what food tastes like to them and what they do for fun, as per an article published by Inquirer.

For fun, the astronauts said they stare out the window a lot and marvel at the beauty of Earth, and play with zero gravity. The astronauts somersaulted in unison to make the point.

“It would not have been a first Live to outer space without some astronauts flipping around in zero gravity,” Zuckerberg quipped.

Watch the out-of-this-world interview here.