TJ Creamer is the first to tweet from outer space

Makes you think that everything is now possible… sort of. Friday 22nd of January 2010 will go down in Twitter’s history as the day when the first tweet was made from outer space. The author of the Tweet is NASA astronaut TJ Creamer and here is what he tweeted:

Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station — the 1st live tweet from Space! : ) More soon, send your ?s

This first live tweet from space was made possible due to a major software upgrade by NASA that was carried out during this past week. Astronauts working on the International Space Station now have direct access to the Web via a wireless internet connection. Prior to this, they had to email down their tweets to Earth and those were posted to their Twitter accounts by Earth-based staffs. Those were obviously not live tweets.

Astronauts assigned to the International Space Station previously had access to emails, video conferencing and Protocol phone calls, they can now add surfing the web to that list. However it is to be pointed out that they are expected to respect the same Internet use policies that are imposed on other government employees.

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