Tweeting is no longer only an earthly phenomenon. Astronauts of all countries are represented on Twitter, Instagram and other sites, allowing users to connect, engage and learn about space on an incredibly personal level — something that is unthinkable without the use of social media.
Astronaut Mike Massimino made history with the first Tweet from space on May 12, 2009.
Eight months later, on January 22, 2010, astronaut TJ Creamer sent the first real-time tweet from space.
Canada’s very own Astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield, has become an internet sensation giving those on Earth a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of those living and working on the International Space Station and the spectacular views they see everyday. Feb. 17, 2013, Chris Hadfiled took to Reddit to answer questions for the first Reddit AMA From Space. His post generated more than 7,500 comments and 45,000 upvotes.
Feb. 22, 2013 Chris Hadfield along with fellow astronauts Kevin Ford, and Tom Marshburn answered the web’s questions in the first live Google Hangouts from space.
NASA hosted a two-day NASA Social for 50 of its social media followers on April 1 and 2, 2014, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif. The event was part of a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), the world’s largest and most powerful communications system for “talking” to spacecraft. A NASA Social was an informal meeting of people who used social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Participants at this event were provided with a unique in-person experience in which they were encouraged to share with others through their favorite social networks
Chris Hadfield belted out David Bowie’s 1969 hit song “Space Oddity” in the first music video created in space filmed aboard the International Space Station on May 12, 2013.
Most recently, on April 7, 2014 astronaut Steven “Swanny” Swanson shared this snapshot on the official Instagram feed of the International Space Station with the caption: “Back on ISS, life is good”.
The social media revolution that has taken place in the last few years has caused a new order of interaction between people and it’s incredibly exciting. It’s just proof that what you take for granted can be changed in a day, and instantly when the right set of circumstances comes together. Thanks to social media, outer space feels closer than ever before. I for one can’t wait to see what the future of social media has in store for us.