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Astronaut Mike Massimino has the dubious honour of being the first person to Twitter from space, having taken time from the space shuttle Atlantis STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope to share this tweet with mankind: From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views …


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  1. Ralph B


    The extremes some people will go to get more followers than Ashton Kutcher, eh?

  2. SuperTim

    A long time a go, far far away....

    Red-5@Rebelalliance: Just found out who my dad is. I would chop my right hand off to find out who my sister is! Leia lookin sexy today.

  3. Anonymous Coward


    "rest assured that his tweets are sent via email to Johnson Space Center, which then posts them for him" -- then he's not really Twittering from orbit, is he, any more than I would be playing chess underwater if I was just shouting my moves up a long pipe. (Which I do regularly.)

  4. TeeCee Gold badge
    Dead Vulture

    "In case you're concerned......"

    Ok, exactly how is typing in a message and sending it to someone else to publish on a service less effort than typing the same message and sending it to the publishing service directly?

    I bet that getting it entered on the ground has nothing to do with time saving for the astronaut and far more to do with the pesky "no signal" error on his phone which prevents him from SMSing Twatter himself.

  5. DZ-Jay

    You forgot...

    Bowman_2010: OMG! It's fullof starz!!!1

    CmdConnor@SkyNet: Todays the day! everyones excited! In 5mins I push the big red button. I rly hope it works.

    PiedmontMD: Townsfolks just brought this thing in that fell from the sky. they've asked me to open it. I wonder what's inside. stay tuned...

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    More examples


    Captain Kirk has finally asked me to join a landing party, wish me luck peeps!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Americans tax payer money at work...

    Paying people to twitter...

    Where do I sign?

  8. Fred

    I may be being pedantic but ...

    If Astro_Mike is sending updates via email to Earth and a person on Earth is entering his tweet for him, then Astro_Mike isn't the first person to send a tweet from space.

    He may be the first person to have a message sent from space turned into a tweet and put on Twitter, but thats not the same thing is it?

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    See you when I get out of hospital. Enjoy the light show tonight.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Trigger Happy TV

    He was also called on a mobile phone in space:

    <Nokia Ringtone>

    "HELLO!? WHAT!?





  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Poor man's email

    "rest assured that his tweets are sent via email to Johnson Space Center, which then posts them for him."

    So, just as he thought then:

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt downplayed Twitter's usefulness, calling it a "poor man's email system".

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    News@BBC: WW3 strtn. iBois killin M$ luzrz. nixers to stoned to care. all coz twitter drove them over teh edge.


    They even got my wife. Stupid pointless wast of time. It's not people using it that I mind. Its when I go to the pub for a quiet drink with some friends and they have to tell everyone where they are going. ARRGGGGG

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    re: a long time ago, far far away

    Red-October@Rebelalliance: Standing by

    Simply-Red@Rebelalliance: Standing by

  14. Rosco

    One giant tweet for a man ...

    ... one giant twat for mankind?

  15. Roger Jenkins

    Another possibilty

    is that he had absolutely nothing to do with it. Maybe someone decided it was good PR to twit and did it for him.

  16. Bod

    Twitter in Space

    "Bugger, I just broke the screw. Anyone got a spare for a Hubble access panel?"


    "Really need a pee right now"

  17. M


    man_from_enemy_mine: I just met an enemy today. I might make him mine.

  18. M


    D_quaid: COHAAGEN!

  19. Mike Flugennock

    Nah, you still got it wrong...

    ...the quote was " small tweet for _a_ man..."

    That is all.

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  22. Ian Hunter


    Half way between twat and shitter.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    doug_quaid: getting ass to mars, considering divorce

    dave_bowman: my god, it's full of stars

    kris_kelvin: something funny happening here, missing the wife

    zap_brannigan: i have made it with a woman!

  24. Anonymous Coward

    Twitter TOS?

    Did he leave his account logged in at Johnson?

    Not having a twatter account I don't know exactly but handing out your password to someone else violates most agreements for online services.....

  25. machinehead

    Another example

    Of the Fall of Civilization.


    Of course, it could be useful after all, since most people can't come up with more than 140 characters of any real use.

    If you need an example....

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