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Tweets from outer space, texts to Africa and other worldly connections

Sometimes technology connects us in such a way that we realize that the world, and maybe the universe, is a lot smaller than we realize.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: February 12, 2013

Finally, working from the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield has used Twitter and social media to invite the whole world to join him high above it. As @Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter and @ColChrisHadfield on other sites, he tweets, from space, photos and reflections about the Earth and also posts to Facebook, Tumblr, Soundcloud, etc. Last Thursday, he spoke with actor William Shatner, who played the original Star Trek Capt. James T. Kirk.

“We've gone from climbing a hill, getting in an airplane, to now actually being right on the cusp of permanently leaving our planet to everything else that exists. And I feel hugely connected to that,” Hadfield told Shatner in the interview available on YouTube. “I'm doing my absolute best to help people see that.”