One small step for man, one giant leap for Twitter

Lance who? For the first time ever, an unassisted 'tweet' was sent from outer space down to Earth. In a press release issued on January 22nd, NASA reported that TJ Creamer, currently on board the International Space Station, became the first person to send an unassisted tweet from space. The message sent:

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

However, astronauts have used twitter prior to this milestone. The first official tweet from outer space is credited to Mike Massimino, who sent it back in May of last year. The difference between this tweet and the one from Creamer is that all tweets prior to January 22nd were sent to ground control and uploaded via a third party because the Internet connection from the space station was not powerful enough.

After upgrading the system on Friday, the first unassisted tweet was made from the space station. In addition to tweeting, the upgraded LAN allows the astronauts to surf the Internet, use an IP phone to call Earth, and even give them videoconferencing capabilities. The power of this technology has improved the astronauts' quality of life, and removes some of the isolation that astronauts experience during missions.

For all of those who are too young to remember the first walk on the moon, this is one milestone that will stand the test of time in today's technological age. To follow TJ Creamer, you can go to this link.

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That sounds cool, but I wonder how they managed out security - im guessing it would be dangerous for any intruder to get access to one of their computers up there ;)

nocture said,
That sounds cool, but I wonder how they managed out security - im guessing it would be dangerous for any intruder to get access to one of their computers up there ;)

If you read further in the NASA article:

Astronauts will be subject to the same computer use guidelines as government employees on Earth.

SoulEata said,
The Lance referral is incredibly embarrassing for the author. EMBARRASSING.

It actually WAS a joke, but I am glad to see some people got reference...

See the note about how people are too young to remember Neil Armstrong. Fortunately the name, however, is no joke.

TheBossSince88 said,

It actually WAS a joke, but I am glad to see some people got reference...

See the note about how people are too young to remember Neil Armstrong. Fortunately the name, however, is no joke.

And by that, I meant TJ Creamer.

Mikeyx11 said,
"Lance who?"

What!!????

Please don't tell me you are referring to Lance Armstrong...

Hahahaha - I was thinking the same thing!! To the Author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstrong

Tom W said,

It's a joke...

i thought he meant lance bass haha - that guy from n sync that was obsessed with going to space.

hate to be the one to say it but the name TJ Creamer, internet, and space sound like a recipe for a messy space station..i need not say more!

Windows7even said,
hate to be the one to say it but the name TJ Creamer, internet, and space sound like a recipe for a messy space station..i need not say more!

Lol. DJ Creamer.

Although I hate the twitter trend and all that crap, I believe this is cool. It is a cool way to see what a average day of an astronauts life in space is really like.

Tech Star said,
Although I hate the twitter trend and all that crap, I believe this is cool. It is a cool way to see what a average day of an astronauts life in space is really like.

imho this is what tweeter should ONLY be used for, important and substantial things... not the trivial useless junk you see everywhere on twitter right now...