NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, the commander of the next mission (STS-127), to the International Space Station, and Mike Massimino, the mission specialist for STS-125, will be the first people to tweet from space.
Polansky and Massimo have been sharing their training for the mission on Twitter, and plan on taking and answering questions from orbit on their Twitter accounts and live on YouTube.
NASA has also published galleries of the ISS and Mars Rover to accommodate the portion of their audience that uses social networking.
That’s one small step for NASA, and one giant tweet for mankind!
Shuttle Commander & Crew to Make First Space Tweets
1. Space Social Networking - Opportunity for social media platforms to cater to space exploration and connect astronauts with the public.
2. Real-time Astronaut Engagement - Potential for innovative communication technologies to enable direct interaction between astronauts and the public during space missions.
3. Digital Space Outreach - Opportunity for space agencies to leverage digital platforms to educate and engage the public in space exploration.
1. Social Media - Disruptive innovation opportunities exist for social media platforms to incorporate features tailored towards space exploration and connect astronauts with their followers.
2. Communication Technology - Innovative communication technologies have the potential to revolutionize astronaut-public interaction during space missions, enabling real-time engagement and education.
3. Space Agencies - Space agencies can leverage digital platforms to reach a wider audience and enhance public understanding and involvement in space exploration.