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NASA astronaut tweets from space

Space the final frontier? Well not anymore with the news that astronaut Mike Massimino has become the first person to use Twitter in space. Working with the NASA team which is currently repairing the Hubble Telescope, Massimino tweeted yesterday from the space shuttle Atlantis.

"From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!" the first tweet from space reads. The astronaut followed it up with the following message: "From orbit: Getting more accustomed to living in space today and getting ready for our big rendezvous with Hubble."

Massimino, who goes by the Twitter name of Astro_Mike, has seen his followers on the micro-blogging site rise from a couple of hundred a few weeks ago to over 250,000 since he started tweeting from beyond the stars.

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