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New System Gives Astronauts Direct Web Access in Space

"Astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a special software upgrade this week — personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the ultimate wireless connection," announced NASA today. "Expedition 22 Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer made first use of the new system Friday, when he posted the first unassisted update to his Twitter account, @Astro_TJ, from the space station. Previous tweets from space had to be e-mailed to the ground where support personnel posted them to the astronaut's Twitter account."

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