What social networks do ISS-42/43 crew members use? Naked Science decided to search the accounts of astronauts in various networks and found something interesting for you.
Modern social networks, microblogging and photo hosting allow not only to keep track of what is happening in the lives of friends and celebrities, but also to keep abreast of the latest events happening outside the Earth, at the orbital station.
Six people are now working on the ISS almost day and night, including three Roscosmos cosmonauts - Alexander Samokutyaev, Elena Serova, Anton Shkaplerov, two NASA astronauts - Barry Wilmore and Terry Werts, as well as an Italian representative of the European Space Agency Samantha Cristoforetti.
Some of them write on Twitter in their free time, others upload short videos using Vine, some prefer Flickr, some even blog, but there are those who are not so easy to find on the Internet. The latter include ISS-42/43 crew commander Barry Wilmore and flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaev. They only occasionally flicker in selfies of comrades and in videos of a congratulatory nature.
The most outgoing staff on the station are probably the third female astronaut of the European Space Agency, the first female astronaut from Italy, and the first Italian woman aboard the ISS, Samantha Cristoforetti. Such a number of "regalia" simply obliges her to constantly be in touch with her readers and satisfy their information hunger with fresh pictures and resourceful tweets.
Cristoforetti, in particular, maintains a microblogging on Twitter and posts fresh pictures on the photo hosting Flickr. By the way, the Italian woman recently managed to become the author of one of the most breathtaking images ever taken from the ISS. The lens of her camera hit the tropical cyclone "Bansi", or rather his "eye", illuminated by lightning. Some meteorologists immediately ranked this photograph as one of the most unusual and incredible images in the history of meteorology.
It should be noted that Cristoforetti's predecessor, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, also actively wrote on Twitter and Flickr.
American Terry Werts, like Italian, maintains a Twitter page, but his posts on Vine are more interesting. With the help of this service, Verts shows the world breathtaking short time-lapse videos taken from the station.
By the way, at this "Vine-post" Terry replaced the astronaut from the previous expedition Reed Wiseman, who was also an active user of this application.
In addition, the posts of Flight Engineer Werts can be found on Instagram.
The Russian side on Twitter is represented by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who shows the city's followers from the height of the ISS and in two languages (Russian and English) tells about interesting events from life at the station.
The city of St. Petersburg, but it is not in Russia, but in Florida, USA // City of St. Petersburg, #Florida #USA pic.twitter.com/Z1z0UZjcnB
- Anton Shkaplerov (@AntonAstrey) January 30, 2015
Quite recently, Shkaplerov, together with Verts, opened a "beauty salon" on the ISS, where he received the first visitor, Samantha Cristoforetti. The Italian later reported that she was pleased with the haircut and the level of service.
While master @AstroTerry cuts, apprentice @AntonAstrey is at the vacuum cleaner. Apprendista Anton all'aspirapolvere. pic.twitter.com/CWhJcnawSf
- Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) January 1, 2015
In addition, the cosmonaut writes about his work and life at the station in a special section of the official website of the Federal Space Agency. Test cosmonaut Yelena Serova, who became the first Russian woman after a 17-year break to go on a long space flight, also takes part in the ISS Cosmonauts Mailbox project.
Astronauts alternately talk about everyday life in space, about new experiments and how they celebrate the holidays.Serova's last post, for example, is dedicated to the robot tournament on the ISS.
Subscribe to the accounts of astronauts and stay up to date with the latest extraterrestrial events. If the above list of links is not enough for you and you want to receive even more information related to the ISS and space in general, then you can always subscribe to the pages of Roscosmos and NASA, which are presented in almost all popular social networks.