[link href="http://dailywd.womansday.com/.a/6a00d83452f37b69e201156f919005970c-pi" style="float:left;" link_updater_label="external" target="_blank"] CNN.com reported that Mike Massimino, an astronaut aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, made history by sending the first tweet from space. At 4:30 pm on Tuesday he wrote "From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard,
& enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has
begun!" Massimino will continue to send updates via [link href="http://dailywd.womansday.com/blog/2009/03/techie-tuesday-all-hail-the-ati.html" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]Twitterwhile he and the crew repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
This got me thinking about whether these messages from outer space will renew the awe and wonder Americans used to have with space travel. When I was growing up, every shuttle launch was a huge deal–due to both the excitement and the fear. Nowadays, it seems like just another day when NASA launches a vessel into space. By updating people about his work (and adventures) in space, this tweeting astronaut may just spark a renewed interest in all thing intergalactic.
Do you remember what a big deal it used to be when shuttles would launch into space? Why do you think the thrill has gone away? Do you think NASA should give up on space exploration? Share your thoughts!