Wednesday, 18 June 2014 | MYT 4:35 PM

'Tears don't run down your cheeks in space': Funny astronaut tweets

Check out first-time astronaut Reid Wiseman’s stunning photos of Earth and amusing tweets about life in zero gravity.

Thirty-eight-year-old NASA astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman is currently flying 418km above Earth in the International Space Station. Having boarded the station on May 28, the rookie's taken to tweeting enthusiastically about life in space on his Twitter account @astro_reid and they paint an amusing picture of him adjusting to a weightless existence.

Space tweeter: NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman 'hanging out with Giraffiti' on board the International Space Station. — Twitter

Though life on board the space station may take getting used to, Wiseman's spectacular photos of Earth prove that there's no vantage point more amazing than aboard the craft as it orbits the planet at a speed of 7.66km per second. 

His favourite picture so far is a view of the northern Australian coast. “The way the clouds and the red desert met the ocean, it’s burned in my mind,” Wiseman said during an in-flight interview with CBS News broadcast on June 9. “This will go in my living room,” he tweeted along with the picture. So far, the rookie astronaut has amassed 99,000 Twitter followers.

The astronaut even threw a dice into space.

Wiseman is one of six men living aboard the station, a US$100bil (RM322.2bil) research laboratory that flies about 418km above Earth. The crew are on a six-month mission that began when they launched from Russia on March 25. Heading the team is Steven Swanson, who’s on his third space mission. 

Wiseman is not the only rookie on the mission. German astronaut Alexander Gerst, 38, of the European Space Agency, is also in space for the first time, and his tweets are in both German and English. 

While work on the space station is serious business, the astronauts occasionally unwind and document their hijinks in space. To celebrate the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the astronauts found time for a spot of 'space football'. 

More than 40 current astronauts from the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia and Canada use Twitter. 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.

Although he’s not the first person to tweet from space, Wiseman has the distinction of posting the first looping Vine video from space. The time-lapse clip shows the sun circling over Earth, never setting. “The view out the window is way beyond whatever I dreamed it would be,” Wiseman said in the CBS interview. – Reuters

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