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

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Oh, boy. Now we've gone and done it. Yes, we've taken the Internetwhere it has never gone before, and we guess the only logical "nextstep" is to plant a wireless router on Mars and let theextraterrestrial that live there start tweeting to us. Believe it ornot, the World Wide Web is now completely inaccurate in terms of namingconvention. It's more like the Universe Wide Web. This past week, anAmerican astronaut sent the first actual tweet from space, provingthat Internet access on the International Space Station was finallylive.

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

It's actually a pretty amazing feat. Before, US civilians were prettydetached to what happened under NASA's watch, and now--suddenly--anyonewith a Twitter account can be put in touch with a real, live,on-mission astronaut. The wonders of the Internet never cease toamaze, but this one ranks pretty high up there for shock-and-awe value. You can follow CJ's Tweets here:
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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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3vi1 replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 7:33 AM

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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Soupstyle replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 11:17 PM

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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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 26 2010 2:22 AM

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

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ana123 replied on Tue, Jan 26 2010 9:03 AM

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



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ClemSnide replied on Thu, Jan 28 2010 9:14 AM

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.

"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."

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