Starfleet Officers and Real Astronauts Hang Out Today

Courtesy NASA

Check this out: NASA is playing host to a Google+ Hangout today, matching up J.J. Abrams, director of the new Star Trek films (the excellent 2009 reboot and the currently debuting Star Trek Into Darkness), screenwriter Damon Lindelof, three cast members from the movie (you got your Kirk, you got your Sulu, and a new character played by actress Alice Eve) -- with actual, real-life space explorers. These include NASA flight engineer Christopher Cassidy, who currently lives aboard the International Space Station, as well as Earth-dwelling astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren. The group will be taking questions -- hopefully many on the awesome, inevitable collisions between science fiction and the cutting edge of technology, scientific experimentation and human knowledge.

The hangout starts at 12 p.m. EST and will last about 45 minutes. You should be able to watch it live here and here.

Unfortunately, it seems to be too late to add new questions to the queue, but I'm sure whatever they cover will be great. That said, it hardly bears a moment of wondering what question I would have asked: