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Rookie astronaut Tweets his journey in space

Rookie astronaut Tweets his journey in space

LIFE IN SPACE:Reid Wiseman says he's still getting used to the concept of zero gravity. Photo: Reuters

By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – First-time astronaut Reid Wiseman arrived at the International Space Station two weeks ago, but zero gravity still surprises him.

“Laughed so hard, I cried yesterday during dinner. Tears don’t run down your cheeks in space,” wrote Wiseman, who is sharing his observations and pictures with a growing following on Twitter. “Still adjusting to zero g. Just flipped a bag upside down to dump out its contents. #doesntworkhere,” Wiseman tweeted last week.

Wiseman is one of six men living aboard the station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 260 miles above Earth.

So far, the rookie astronaut has about 74,000 Twitter followers on his @astro_reid account. More than 40 current astronauts from the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia and Canada use the social media service, sharing perspectives 140 characters at a time.

Tweeting astronauts include two-time shuttle veteran and Hubble Space Telescope repairman Mike Massimino, who has 1.3 million followers, and former station commander Chris Hadfield of Canada, with nearly 1.1 million followers.

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