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