While You Were Sleeping, Facebook Live Video Did Something ‘Out of This World’

Facebook Live in space

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are really into their new feature – the Facebook Live Video. While most of us here in the Philippines are sleeping, Mark and his team at Facebook showed off what live video can do by talking to astronauts who are in space.

Mark chatted for about 18 minutes with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams and the European Space Agency’s Tim Peake, who are all aboard the International Space Station via video conference call. They talked about the astronaut’s mission in space and things they liked to do for fun. Their conversation was posted live on Facebook.

Mark opens the conversation with the statement, “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…”

Many times during the chat, you can see the microphone float in mid-air when they pass it from one astronaut to another. At some point, the three astronauts did a somersault.

At the end of the conversation, Mark asked the astronaut what is their favorite piece of technology that they have been using in space. The astronauts answer virtual reality (VR).

Watch it below.

This isn’t the first time NASA has live streamed a conversation on social media, but it is the first time they do this via Facebook Live. In the past, NASA used Google+ Hangouts and Skype.

The video now has 3.5 million views, 352K reactions, 145K comments, and 37K shares.

How cool is that?