World Wide Web Becomes Universe Wide Web: Internet Reaches Space! - HotHardware
World Wide Web Becomes Universe Wide Web: Internet Reaches Space!

World Wide Web Becomes Universe Wide Web: Internet Reaches Space!

Oh, boy. Now we've gone and done it. Yes, we've taken the Internet where it has never gone before, and we guess the only logical "next step" is to plant a wireless router on Mars and let the extraterrestrial that live there start tweeting to us. Believe it or not, the World Wide Web is now completely inaccurate in terms of naming convention. It's more like the Universe Wide Web. This past week, an American astronaut sent the first actual tweet from space, proving that Internet access on the International Space Station was finally live.

NASA's own TJ Creamer had been working with flight controllers to establish the connection for the past little while (around a month), and he just now got everything working. His first tweet from outer space?
"Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s"
He has since admitted that kinks are still being worked out ("Hello All! Still working out some of the kinks, but net-surfing is a wonderful treat. MANY kudos to the team for overcoming the problems"), and that he'll begin answering questions from his outpost starting today ("Will start answering your questions soon -- a little later today -- and a LOT of questions there are! :) Thanks for all your interest!")



It's actually a pretty amazing feat. Before, US civilians were pretty detached to what happened under NASA's watch, and now--suddenly--anyone with a Twitter account can be put in touch with a real, live, on-mission astronaut. The wonders of the Internet never cease to amaze, but this one ranks pretty high up there for shock-and-awe value. You can follow CJ's Tweets here: http://twitter.com/astro_tj
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I checked out his twitter account, he's been tweeting quite a lot today...must be boring in space.

Now how soon can we get Netflix streaming up there?

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Since we are missing all the cool thing we were promised like flying cars and the 3day work week, this is a pretty cool step in the right direction! now hopefully they can tweet us instantly about the UFO's as soon as they see them? LOL

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You seriously don't want to accidentally pick a server on Mars when you're playing CounterStrike. 40 minute ping times give the other guy a decided advantage.

The point being: we won't ever see people on other planets using the same apps in realtime. If we ever get people to Mars, they'll have to set up their own Twitter server and use a back-end process to replicate the tweets (or else it would take forever for them to just load the page). It's the good old days of Usenet, all over again!

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We've been beaming internet junk into space for nearly 20 years now, the real exciting event will be when we get a player from Alpha Centauri who has a 4.37 year long ping!

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This is very interesting I will have to check it out.

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his is a wonderful article. The things given are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone. -

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I'm just wondering how long it took one of the astronauts to try downloading porn.

Well! It IS the primary use of the Internet.

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