Following Mike Massimino (Astro Mike) on Twitter? Don't forget to follow Mark Polansky (Astro 127) too
Monday, June 08, 2009
Last month's mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope was notable not just for the mission itself but also the first usage of Twitter in space by Mike Massimino, who by the way is still very interesting to follow even after coming back to Earth. Looks like he's pretty busy with interviews now that post-flight procedures are all done and life is back to normal. Followers for Massimino have now surpassed 400,000 (Oprah has 1.3 million, so a third of that is quite impressive).
The next Shuttle mission (Endeavour) will begin on the 13th, and this will be a return to the norm: going to the International Space Station to install another component, in this case the third part of the Japanese Kibō (きぼう). On this mission as well will be another astronaut who has a Twitter account, namely Mark Polansky. You can see that he has a number of followers that most people would be jealous of (17,000+), but I think he could stand to have a few hundred thousand more, so make sure to follow his account as well. It's interesting to see the preparations going on before the mission, and his thoughts as he goes through the process.
Here are a few examples.
- No, he's not excited yet but will be once in Florida and the countdown starts
- Undergoing final preparations for the mission but also watching some movies when the opportunity strikes
- On changing one's sleep period before the launch
- Being in quarantine before the start of the mission