The First Tweet From Space and Other Twitter Firsts
By JR Raphael
Tweeting is no longer only an earthly phenomenon.
A NASA astronaut made Twitter history on Friday by sending the first tweet from outer space. Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer broadcast the following message directly from the International Space Station:
“Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station — the 1st live tweet from Space! 🙂 More soon, send your ?s”
Take that, Neil Armstrong.
First Tweets: Space and Beyond
The first tweet from space happened thanks to a software upgrade rolled out by NASA this week. The upgrade gave Space Station astronauts direct personal access to the Web — something never before possible — using what NASA calls “the ultimate wireless connection.” Previously, tweets from astronauts had to be e-mailed down to Earth, then later posted to Twitter by ground-based workers.
Creamer’s inaugural space-tweet will undoubtedly be remembered. Plenty of other Twitter firsts, however, are more easily forgotten — and there may be a reason why.
Here’s a look at the first tweets sent by some familiar Twitter users. As you’ll see, most of them aren’t exactly monumental.