Tweets from Space

Timothy Creamer, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, sent the first “unassisted,” real-time tweet from space, using NASA’s new Crew Support LAN software, Mashable reported.

The tweet, from Creamer’s @Astro_TJ account, read:

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

From NASA’s description of Crew Support LAN:

This personal Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, takes advantage of existing communication links to and from the station and gives astronauts the ability to browse and use the Web. The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications to enhance their quality of life during long-duration missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed environment.

During periods when the station is actively communicating with the ground using high-speed Ku-band communications, the crew will have remote access to the Internet via a ground computer. The crew will view the desktop of the ground computer using an onboard laptop and interact remotely with their keyboard touchpad.

Astronauts will be subject to the same computer-use guidelines as government employees on Earth. In addition to this new capability, the crew will continue to have official e-mail, Internet-protocol telephone and limited videoconferencing capabilities.