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In Space, Anyone Can Hear You Tweet

By James Robertson

It seems like something the crew of the International Space Station should have had by now–access to the World Wide Web.  But now, after a software upgrade this week, the crew of the station can watch all the YouTube cat videos they want from miles above the Earth.

The first thing astronaut T.J. Creamer did to test the system was send a message over Twitter by himself:

First tweet from Space

I’m just a screen shot.  See the real thing at http://twitter.com/Astro_TJ

In the olden days (by that I mean before this week), the astronauts had to email their tweets to someone at NASA who would then post them.  While he doesn’t exactly get points for originality, kudos to Creamer for using his new-found Internet powers to reach out to those of us miles below him for questions.

The real first tweet from space was made by astronaut Mike Massimino on Shuttle mission STS-125 to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, according to CNN:

real first tweet.jpg

I’m just a screen shot.  See the real thing at http://twitter.com/Astro_Mike

The crew of the station will have access to the Web while the station is using its high-speed Ku-band link.  They will use a laptop on the station to access a remote desktop on the ground, which can be monitored by NASA.  The astronauts are subject to the same computer rules as government employees, so there will be no, um, funny business on the station. 

“The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications

to enhance their quality of life during long-duration missions by

helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed

environment,” NASA said in a statement.


  1. inter4522
    July 18, 2010, 4:09 pm

    This is so amazing that you can tweet from space. I think these tweets are so good to read from here. Keep up the good work.
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  2. jp2506
    June 21, 2010, 11:14 pm

    Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part people lack substance but I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!
    I’ll be checking in on a regularly now.
    Keep up the good work!
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  3. diyRoberts
    June 14, 2010, 10:23 am

    I love this article
    Thank you for the news
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  4. WWMD
    January 25, 2010, 7:56 pm

    ” Anyone”? Clever.