Thursday, February 12, 2009

NASA honored for tweets from Mars

NASA Honored for 'Tweets' from Mars
February 12, 2009

NEW YORK (CNN) -- NASA was honored Wednesday for its efforts to inform the public through the popular social-networking Web site Twitter.

More than 38,000 people followed NASA's "tweets" of the Mars Phoenix Lander mission.

NASA received the "Shorty Award" for documenting the mission of the Mars Phoenix Lander. The Mars Phoenix Lander spent nearly five months in 2008 on the red planet conducting research. ...

Read the entire article on CNN’s website.

Although the article notes that NASA beat out several science bloggers, I’m of the opinion that the more than 600 tweets from
Mars Phoenix” were not only science, but a brilliant form of science fiction, as the tweets were really generated not by the spacecraft on Mars, but by Veronica McGregor, a NASA spokesperson on Earth.

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