On Thursday’s extra special Google+ Space Hangout (at 10 a.m. PT), NASA New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern has been invited onto the live discussion to chat about his mission to Pluto. The best thing about the Google+ Hangouts is that you can watch live and get involved in the discussion too.

I will be appearing alongside Fraser Cain, Nancy Atkinson, Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliucci, Emily Lakdawalla and Phil Plait to chat with Alan and also to discuss some of the coolest news to come from space over the past week.

Have any questions for Alan? Feel free to ask them directly (if you have a G+ account), or forward them to me and I’ll try to ask them when we’re on the air.

How can you watch the Hangout? Either keep an eye on Fraser Cain’s G+ account for further details or tune into CosmoQuest.org at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)!

Here’s a recording of last week’s Hangout (where I completely geek out over interstellar communications!):