Space Missions and Social Media

June 16 is a remarkable day in space history. The first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, marks fifty years of her historic flight. This Russian woman was not only the first woman to fly in space – she remains the only woman ever to have made a solo space flight. During that Cold War era her flight preparation was a huge state secret. Valentina Tereshkova was not allowed to confide even in family members, who only learned of her exploit when Moscow announced it to the entire world. No internet, wikileaks, blog posts, Instagram, or Facebook pages existed at that time, which is hard to imagine nowadays. Today we can find out information about Valentina Tereshkova’s space mission from various information sources posted online. No need to go to the library or inquire from the archives. Unless you want to learn something really, really specific.

Valentina Tereshkova. Photo courtesy of rt.com

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield from Ontario became a social media superstar and probably the world’s most famous Canadian. During his 146-day mission, on Twitter, his breathtaking images of Earth from an orbit 250 miles above the planet — along with poetic descriptions of the various locales — created a cult-like following of more than 1 million Twitter followers from around the globe. Today this Canadian astronaut who became an Internet sensation aboard the International Space Station is hanging up his spacesuit. He announced his retirement.

Chris Hadfield became a Twitter sensation during his 146-day space mission. Photo courtesy of floridatoday.com

What shall we expect from the next space flights? How will the astronauts share their “status” with us and “update their locations”? It’s fun to guess and wait for new sensations.

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Presidential Elections!

New York is ready for covering the election day: the Democracy Plaza was built at the famous Rockefeller Center to become a huge gathering place for voters, journalists, politicians, tourists during Presidential Elections on November 6th, 2012.

Democracy Plaza

Democracy Plaza was built at the Rockefeller Center to cover the election day.

Everyone can come here and use free computers to get the information.

Rockefeller Center before Election Day

People are gathering at the monitors of free computers

Besides, several stages are erected at the area for concerts and covering the event. If you come here you can see lots of lights, monitors, and press-centers.

Needless to say how important this day is for our country and  the whole world.

ELection Day coverage

Rockefeller Center is ready to cover the day!

Exciting!

Rockefeller Center

Democracy Plaza at the Rockefeller Center

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