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May 13th, 2009
09:48 AM ET

NASA astronaut first to 'tweet' from space

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/TECH/space/05/13/twitter.space/art.nasalaunch.gi.jpg caption="A seven-member crew aboard space shuttle Atlantis is headed to the Hubble Space Telescope to make repairs."]

CNN

It's not quite the achievement of a lunar landing, but astronaut Mike Massimino made Twitter history with a 139-character post to the micro-blogging site - the first person to do so from space.

"From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!" he wrote at 4:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

With the tweet, Massimino kept his promise to file updates from the space shuttle Atlantis as it readies to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Massimino began tweeting in early April as he prepared for the mission. By early Wednesday, his Twitter feed, astro_mike, had more than 241,000 followers.

Atlantis launched Monday afternoon with Massimino and six other crew members. It is NASA's fifth and final repair visit to the Hubble. The crew was expected to arrive at the space telescope on Wednesday.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Alyzabeth

    Good luck to them on this dangerous mission! Hope they all make it back safe and sound.

    May 13, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  2. Alex Schybergson

    You can also follow the space shuttle on twitter here: @SSAtlantis

    May 13, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  3. Sergio Flores, Sweden

    This may not be as big as the moon landing.. but it sure is a great step into space communication.. and not only that... you are communicating directlly with someone outside the planet.... how cool is that..... I sent him a message just before the launching.. but I guess he was busy putting his space suit.. thats what i read in the last tweet just before launching... but still... I feel like most people.. part of history, I suppossed... even if the real important person here is Mike Massimino (@astro_mike)..... His achivement makes all feel a part of his own.......indeed.

    God speed Astro Mike!!!!
    Your friend here on earth
    Sergio Flores

    May 13, 2009 at 7:13 am |