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On January 22, 2010, NASA astronaut TJ Creamer made history.
Of the more than 500 astronauts and cosmonauts who have been into outer space, only one was the first to connect to the Internet and tweet from 250 miles above Earth. That’s TJ.
We shared with you yesterday the cool news that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was tweeting live form outer space last week with William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain Kirk. That technology was made possible by TJ’s groundbreaking tweet in 2010.
We had the opportunity to get some intel about the experience from the man himself.
He’s only a few months old, and already he’s a Twitter fiend. NASA’s Robonaut 2 helper droid has finally been “unboxed” after months in a crate on the International Space Station, and one of the first things he did after achieving his freedom was send out a tweet.
If you’re a space geek, tune in tomorrow at 10:30am ET to listen in on the conversation between some lucky NASA Twitter followers and the NASA team involved in Friday’s launch of a Jupiter-bound spacecraft.
NASA is very active on Twitter and uses the platform in a variety of ways to engage their audience and drive awareness of the space program.
Back in April they hooked up with Twitter directly to launch a new campaign on the network, and NASA regularly holds tweet-ups for its 1.2 million followers, several of which have included live attendance of an actual space shuttle launch.
Now, 30 lucky @NASA fans can grab another once-in-a-lifetime prize – a chance to pilot the space shuttle!
Sure, maybe no one can hear you scream in space, but they’ll definitely listen when you start tweeting. NASA astronaut Ron Garan spent about an hour on Sunday answering people’s questions from within the International Space Station as it floated above the Earth.
This Friday, April 29, the space shuttle Endeavour blasts off for the last time, in its 25th and final mission.
Endeavour was the fifth and final space shuttle to be built, and the launch on Friday will be the penultimate space shuttle flight. Space shuttle Atlantis, due to take off on June 28, 2011, will be the final mission before the space shuttle program is officially retired after 30 years of service.
And thanks to a special giveaway on Twitter by @NASA, 150 lucky Twitter fans have bagged a once-in-a-lifetime prize.
Using various Twitter accounts, NASA is giving the world easy-access to their once-exclusive world, offering a look into the science, discovery and everyday life at an agency established in 1958–before most people even had color televisions. (Can you imagine?)