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Tweeting from Space?! Who’d have thought!
January 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm #150866
This Monday, Stephanie Schierholz of NASA, spoke about a fairly new program in NASA where Astronauts orbiting the Earth tweet. When I heard of this program I was pretty awed. Maybe it should be fairly obvious… I guess the part that awed me is how much Twitter has grown.
There are those that argue (though they are becoming few and far-between) that social media is largely ineffectual in regard to how it positively impacts society. However, what does matter, is allowing people to be as informed about technology and science as those who study it (though they may not understand it!). Point being, I believe that tweeting from space is a great way to simplify what scientists are doing for most people.
So what do you think? Have you found that social media has played a large role in citizen engagement for space programs? Is tweeting a productive use of an astronauts time?
January 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm #150892
who’d have thought! Bell in 1876 created the phone and during that time nobody might have imagined, how much it would change our world, like all technical developments. Can anybody imagine a world without a phone today? Of course there are side effects of social media, like everything in life, we do too much. I don’t know about the crucial benefits of tweeting from space, but I believe in exigency of ‘Group genius’ to solve the environmental challenges in the future and that might have to do with tweeting from space? Remember ENIAC over 60 years ago, who would have thought, that this huge technic could be put into such small spaces like today. Pythagoras and Aristoteles thought about our planet as a ball, such a long time before it has been proven. Isn’t Twitter and stuff like that much more effective than diligence and much more contemporary, opening up for a larger perspective? The evolution is nothing that anyone could impede, it is happening anyways and it is necessary to find solutions for upcoming problems, like water conduits, who would like to miss them? There are different circuits for information and don’t astronauts travel to sent information in the shortest time possible, for at least the benefits of us all? I don’t know much about the different circuits and possibilities of modern technical communication, just my thoughts….about tweeting for astronauts.
January 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm #150890
The longevity and speed of Moore’s Law (the number of transistors placed on a circuit doubles every 18 months) is pretty amazing (though it may end without a replacement for Si/SiO2 – silicon/silicon dioxide -), and we’re seeing the same thing with the Internet. I remember when the most interesting website on the Internet was AOL, which took 15 minutes to load, and now we can do pretty much anything from anywhere instantly using the Internet. It’s hard to imagine the “Moore’s Law” of the Internet slowing anytime soon! Anyway, we’ve gotten to the point that a message can be sent from space almost instantly which, when you consider it, is astonishing.
January 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm #150888
Lol……Corey, I knew before, that you must be someone very well informed about…….that is your generation and I guess, as well the benefits of the possibilities of new technologies? Yep, I agree, that is amazing. I would not write to you, if I would think different. Watching the photo I applied, it was not allowed to ware pants…..can you imagine that? We moved forward, regarding the Stone Age. Why do you think, it is important, to sent a message from space? What do you imagine, would be the reason, regarding the ‘Blue marble’ to sent such a message?
January 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm #150886
As far as contacting scientists and technologists, it’s definitely useful! I’m not so sure how much the general public needs to know about space technology, but I believe that we have a right to know unless it would be detrimental to national defense.
January 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm #150884
Thinking about the earth like a body…‘national‘ might be close to local inflamations or cancer ulcers, just for example. No serious exerted medical professional would ignore the state of the whole body, too many ulcers, would lead to death for the whole organism. What would a doctor do, to treat the whole organism? One of the most impressing things, I have ever seen, was about a cancer cell, that has been transplanted into healthy cellular issue, the cell healed completely in a short time. For some reason, every single person has an absolutely unique dactylogram and an unique iris as well, as far as I know. Nature is incredibly intelligent and there must be a reason, why this is so and I believe, that this has to do with our communication, communication systems and may be twitter and other communication systems, communicating like cells, to inform about an upcoming challenge, to shelter the whole organism. There seems to be a reason, for cell communication and communication in general.
January 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm #150882
Wow, great analogy! It’s sort of like sharing “best practices” with each other. As long as we communicate the best way to manage our planet we are bound to have a safer Earth. However, if we just let everyone fend for themselves then we are bound to have big problems and “cells” which not only have negative effects on the cells in their direct vicinity, but soon the entire organism.
January 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm #150880
Exactly Corey, you name it perfectly, sharing ‘best practices’ so far, is what I believe is essential to survive for the whole organism called earth and it’s inhabitants.
January 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm #150878
Regarding analogies…..Moore has been talking about, doubling of ‚integration density‘ of transistors per surface unit of measure = basic of ‚digital revolution‘. Isn‘t that an interesting analogy compare to the situation on earth? Looking up Etymologie of ‚transistor‘….semiconductor device, used to amplify and switch electronic signals and power. Everything is energy and light, electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength. I am no physicist at all and don*t know about energy of sound or light, both mechanical wavelenghts? Tell me, when I am wrong here.
What does Visible Light show us?
It is true that we are blind to many wavelengths of light. This makes it important to use instruments that can detect different wavelengths of light to help us to study the Earth and the Universe. However, since visible light is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that our eyes can see, our whole world is oriented around it. And many instruments that detect visible light can see father and more clearly than our eyes could alone. That is why we use satellites to look at the Earth, and telescopes to look at the Sky!
January 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm #150876
lol I’d have a lot of trouble telling you when you were wrong! I do marketing and write papers for a Laboratory, so I’m not a physicist either but I’ve picked up many things from working there.
January 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm #150874
Corey, I always try to understand the world and would love to hear, if there is a better solution for anything, or something I don’t see. Please remember, anybody has a unique perspective and of course you too! And we never know, we learn a lot of things on our way, some day we remember, why we have learned something about it before, no matter how and where we did.
January 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm #150872
Yes there’s definitely a lot of random skills we pick up that eventually come in handy (like having worked in a Laboratory) that we never would have expected to! I used to really dislike science but after I worked there I was like “wow this is some cool stuff”. It’s always good to have multiple perspectives on everything to either have an informed opinion or realize how confusing everything really is.
January 31, 2012 at 12:21 am #150870
Physics always has been one of the most challenging hour in the week for me, the lessons have been so incredible boring and I am sad, that it has not been different. I believe it could have been a real interesting territory. Biology was so much more easy for me to learn.
* It’s always good to have multiple perspectives on everything to either have an informed opinion or realize how confusing everything really is.* ……soooo true, what you say Corey.
Someone sent this to me today…..
*You can never solve a problem with the same state of mind that created it.* …….Einstein
January 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm #150868
Learning the theories of physics is some cool stuff I think, but all of the calculations don’t process too well for me!
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