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.
Hope all is well down there. This is the coast of Peru, thought it was gorgeous. pic.twitter.com/yGxW4OYgFf
— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) June 10, 2014
— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) June 9, 2014
Egyptian desert meets the Red Sea on a cloudless afternoon. pic.twitter.com/N5HOlCJ9E0
— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) June 8, 2014
— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) June 6, 2014
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.