Feb 12 2010

Internet In Space!

Maybe I’m a little behind on the news, but I did not know that the internet is now available in space. TJ Creamer, or @Astro TJ, was the first to make a live-tweet from space on Jan. 22nd saying, “Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station — the 1st live tweet from space! :) More soon, send your ?s.”

Creamer and four other astronauts living in the space station can not only post live Twitter updates, but they can surf the internet just as well as the rest of us. They use the station’s high-speed Ku-band antenna, which allows them to control a desktop computer here on Earth via a laptop in the station itself. The desktop is what is actually connected to the interwebs, not the laptop.

The best part is that this makes it possible for the astronauts to call and set up video conferences with their family and friends. The astronauts must get pretty lonely up in space, so I’d imagine a tweet or Skype call now and then would make the isolation much easier to handle.

Via SPACE image via NASA

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