In Space, No One Can Hear You Tweet

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International Space Station.  Source:  NASA

International Space Station. Source: NASA

Well, actually that’s not true…

Among the tweeps who will likely be twittering during the next NASA Tweet-up:  Astro_Jeff, Astro_TJ and Astro_Soichi – as in station keepers Jeff Williams, TJ Creamer and Soichi Noguchi.
This past week NASA finally rigged up a way for them to surf the web live – the first 140 character or less bonafide tweet from space was from TJ: “Hello Twitterverse! We [are] now LIVE…” putting it somewhere between armstrong’s “one small step for man” – but better than Bell’s “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.”

And, the station is a little higher this week – courtesy of some some Russian rocket propellant converted into thrust the idea was to get the station in the sweet spot for Endeavour’s arrival. And Jeff Williams used that occasion to offer up a brief lesson in Newton’s laws of motion – using a Nikon with a big honking 800 millimeter lens. Watch what happens when controllers in Russia hit the gas to raise the station:

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