On January 22, 2010 at 08:13 GMT, the Twitterverse has changed forever. At this time, a member of Expedition 22, Timothy J. (TJ) Creamer, has sent the first live twitter status update 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
Sending tweets from space began during NASA’s STS-125, the fifth and final service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). On May 12, 2009, mission specialist Michael J. Massimino (@Astro_Mike) sent the first tweet from space.
From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!
Well, not quite. Mike did not update his account directly from space. He wrote his updates and then emailed them to Houston. Since emails are transmitted from the space shuttle to the Control Center only a few times a day, his status updates were not “Live”.
I will be able to twitter from space if I have time. I will email tweets to NASA who’ll fwd them. No promises but I will try my best.
Other members of Expedition 22 who also have twitter accounts are Jeff Williams (NASA) and Soichi Noguchi (JAXA). Recently, Nicholas Patrick, a mission specialist of the STS-130 mission to the ISS currently scheduled for launch at 09:39 GMT on February 7, also joined in.
Note: On October 21, 2009, Jeff Williams and his Expedition 21 crewmate, Nicole Stott, participated in the first tweetup from the station with members of the public gathered at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This involved the first live Twitter connection for the astronauts.