Don’t get surprised the next time you open your Science textbooks to read that Timothy Creamer was the first person to tweet from Space. In a first for Twitter and social networking in general, a NASA astronomer updated someone other than his NASA boss by sending out a tweet from space to everyone.
Here is what the historical tweet read:
Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station — the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s
Internet Network in Space is not a Joke
Tweeting from space station was possible due to a software upgrade by NASA which allowed the astronauts to connect to the Internet. But a question can arise in your mind – How can a computer network exist in space? NASA has an answer which says that the network used is the “ultimate wireless network connection”.
This personal Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, takes advantage of existing communication links to and from the station and gives astronauts the ability to browse and use the Web. 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.
Acording the New York Times, the space station is equipped with 68 IBM ThinkPad A31 laptops and 32 Lenovo ThinkPad T61p devices. The laptops are all connected via Wi-Fi access points, and there’s also a dedicated IP phone for phone calls and some limited video-conferencing abilities if astronauts need to see their families.
The historical tweet from space marks a new era in the developement and reach of technology in our lives. Want to follow more NASA Tweeples? Check out NASA Collaborate..