USA Wins Twitter from Space Race

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Alright, so this isn't quite as dramatic as the first manned-space mission or (allegedly) landing on the moon, but thank to a special software upgrade earlier this week, we've now recorded the first Twitter message from space .

"Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s," Expedition 22 Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer tweeted .

There have been other Twitter messages delivered from space, but in each of those cases, the tweets had to be emailed to the ground and posted by support personnel. That makes this the first tweet from space, not just originating from space.

NASA states that during periods when the station is actively communicating with the ground using high-speed Ku-band communications, astronauts will be able to remotely log into a ground computer using their onboard laptop.

You can follow Twitter updates from Creamer and two of his crewmates (ISS Commander Jeff Williams and Soichi Noguchi) right here .

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