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You Won't Be Able to Stop Watching the First Vine From Space

Jun 9 2014 - 12:47pm

All engines running are a go . . . we have liftoff on Vine! NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman [1], currently aboard the International Space Station, beamed the first Vine from outer space [2], a sped-up 92-minute time-lapse of the never-setting sun from the ISS. Reid's awe-inspiring six-second clip is almost as good as Ryan Gosling refusing to eat cereal [3]. Almost.

Source: Getty / NASA [4]

We've come to terms with the fact that astronauts do badass things that we'll never get to do. Like hang out in zero gravity [5], drink floating water blobs, and perform "Space Oddity" [6] over 200 miles above our planet. Truth be told, astronauts have been and will forever be cooler than us Earth-bound humans, which is why they will always auto-win at social media. Don't believe us? Here's how and why these travelers of the cosmos are the Internet's finest communicators.

Exhibit A: Vine

I could watch this sun never set all. day. long.

Exhibit B: Twitter

Most first tweets are unfortunate [7], unless, of course, you're floating in space. Mission specialist Mike Massimino sent this note [8] to the Johnson Space Center, which made it the first (sort of) tweet from space. SNL even spoofed it [9]: "In 40 years we went from 'one giant leap for mankind' to 'Launch was awesome!,'" solidifying the tweet's place in history.

From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!

— Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike) May 12, 2009 [10]

Exhibit C: Pinterest

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, who, you know, just has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and lived underwater for seven days [11], has the greatest Pinterest account in the galaxy. Science in Space [12] shows off what scientists actually do up there, like harvesting plants and freezing their own saliva.

Exhibit D: Tumblr

Tumblr was just one of many ways [13] Chris Hadfield communicated with earthlings. He tumbled, tweeted, live streamed lessons, and serenaded us from space [14].

Exhibit E: YouTube

It doesn't get more meta than this. Japanese flight engineer Satoshi Furukawa assembled 162 Lego pieces in a plastic bag and released the mini ISS into "orbit."


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