Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NASA invites tweeters to space shuttle launch

This is certainly more exciting than sitting at your computer and tweeting all day.

WASHINGTON — NASA invited fans on Twitter to get front-row seats for next month's launch of the space shuttle Atlantis from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Registration for a NASA "Tweetup" will open on Friday, and the first 100 people to sign up will get to spend two days at the space center, touring the facility, chatting with technicians and astronauts, as well as watching a launch.

The event planned for November 11 and 12 will be the US space agency's fifth Tweetup for users of the wildly popular microblogging service but it will be the first time the gathering includes a shuttle launch.

"The goal of this particular Tweetup is to share the excitement of a shuttle launch with a new audience," said Michael Cabbage, director of the News Services division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

It's only a matter of time before people start Tweeting from space. I also wonder what will happen when aliens run across twitter and realize that all the human race likes to do is talk about themselves.

(Maybe that's why we haven't encountered other life in the galaxy)

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