Friday, January 22, 2010

International Space Station Gets Internet Access ... Now Live Tweeting

What is an astronaut orbiting high above earth in the International Space Station to do with the newly acquired internet access; why Tweet of course.

"Space tweets just got real with a new NASA software upgrade for the International Space Station. Now astronauts manning the orbital outpost can finally browse the Web and post Twitter updates directly, without having to first e-mail the tweets to the ground.

During periods when the station is actively communicating with the ground using high-speed Ku-band communications, the crew will have remote access to the Internet via a ground computer. The crew will view the desktop of the ground computer using an onboard laptop, and interact with it remotely.

T.J. Creamer, a flight engineer with the space station's Expedition 22, showed off his mastery of netizen lingo by posting his first unassisted Twitter update on Friday.

"Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s"

Fellow Twitter users can holler back @Astro_TJ.

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