Astronauts are tweeting — Intro
I was reading some posts on Medium and other sources (I call it education) and I thought that the time to write my first post has come.
I was looking for a topic that could be interesting for my few followers here on Medium and it was actually quite difficult to find. Eventually I decided to write to my Non-Tech friends about what I’m reading every day and to explain them what is going on in the next future.
I’m lucky, I’m working in an tech company called H-FARM and thanks to my job I can develop better my passion on digital and new technologies.
Finally, I decided to write in english for two reasons (conscious about my difficulties on grammar): it’s an international language and I need to practice my english.
Today we have the possibility to find technologies in every (or almost every) sector and every day we use technology in our life, to work, to manage daily normal activities and to highlight our lifestyle.
Technology improved and it’s improving our life considerably, I give you a simple example:
July 20, 1969 the Apollo 11 guided by Neil Armstrong and the pilot Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.
The lucky people that had the possibility to see the landing on television, watched it in black and white, maybe even inside a public Cafè and (surely) it wasn’t a FullHD screen.
Maybe the experience was something similar to this. (left picture desktop – above on mobile).
The Apollo mission’s guidance computer’s Software cost alone was $397M in 2016 dollars. The iPhone is approximately 120 million times more powerful.
“Are you saying that iPhone is cheap? Mmm maybe.”
November 23, 2014 Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut, leave the earth to live for 6 month in the International Space Station (ISS) with the objective to conduct some experiments.
November 25, 2014 Samantha posted her first picture on Facebook describing her life in Space. The next day of the launch.
Moreover, she posted a lot of new content and gave us the possibility to follow and support her mission through Internet and Social Networks.
We followed Samantha’s mission everywhere and at everytime: on the screen of a smartphone or a tablet, on TV…in tech we say on-demand. Samantha gave us colored pictures and videos that sometimes were even in HD quality.
But…It wasn’t the first time that an astronaut used a social network from the space; in fact everything began on May 12, 2009 when Mike Massimino, used Twitter for the first time from the Space, although it wasn’t in real-time. In fact Mike sent the tweet by e-mail to the Johnson Space Center, which then posted the message on his account.
The first real-time tweet was made by the astronaut TJ Creamer in 2010.
Over the years space was colonized by Social Media and the last big milestone was on June 1, 2016 when Mark Zuckerberg was “Facebook Live!” with the ISS.
Why my first post talk about Social Medias and astronauts?
I love to highlight how simple things can impact on our lives and how simple habits can facilitate communication and actions.
I think that “Space” in our mind is something mysterious and complicated. Astronauts are fucking geniuses that studied a lot and need to study and practice every day to be ready for their amazing job. 47 years ago was impossibile to imagine that a common man could chat with an astronaut during a space expedition and was impossibile to imagine that an astronaut could share his (or her) experience to the world from his personal account on Twitter.
Today speaking with an astronaut who’s tweeting from space is almost simple as pressing like on a friend’s post.
If you want to learn more on NASA “wi-fi” technologies, read this article.
Meanwhile astronauts are tweeting from space, a man called Elon Musk is planning to create consumer travels between Earth and Mars, his company name is SpaceX.
In next posts I will explain (for dummies) the main tech trends that will impact humanity in the future, starting from one already mainstream argument, Self-Driving Vehicles.