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Tweeting...From Space!

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 15 2009

Lest you think astronaut Mike Massimino has the most amazing cell-phone plan in the known universe, he's Twittering from space via some sort of special NASA device that sends his 140-characters-or-less back to HQ. From there, they're relayed to the service. That's how we're getting reports like "Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!" Alas, NASA reports that Massimino will be unable to tweet while on spacewalk, the purpose of the Hubble telescope repair mission. It's simply too tough to punch a keypad with any sort of accuracy while wearing giant white astronaut gloves.