Posted by: mrpeatie | June 3, 2008

Messages From Mars

Just over a week ago, after traveling over 423 million miles at a speed of 74,000 mph, NASA’s Phoenix Lander successfully landed on Mars to conduct all kinds of research on the planet’s northern polar region.

One of the more interesting aspects of this mission is how NASA is using the Internet and the very popular social networking site Twitter to advertise, update, and market their mission. Twitter is all the rage these days with social networking types. It allows you post short, concise messages to friends and followers so you can keep up to date in real time. It’s kind of like uber-text messaging, or another way to describe it is micro-blogging.

NASA set up a Twitter account for the Phoenix Lander. It sends frequent updates on its current mission and status, and answers questions in a friendly and sometimes humorous manner. The Lander itself isn’t tweeting from Mars off course. Someone from NASA is providing the updates, but they do it from the Lander’s perspective as if it were a real person offering insightful and interesting commentary on its daily tasks.

Currently over 16,600 17,400 18,800 A LOT  of people are following the Phoenix Lander’s updates and that total has been rising daily. Who woulda thunk those geeky NASA peeps could be so hip.  



  1. […] View from Mars The Phoenix Lander is full science mode as it continues its mission on Mars. It’s been providing a steady stream of […]

  2. […] Other NASA Missions on Twitter NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander mission has been a huge success thus far. Most everything has gone according to plan and many aspects of […]

  3. […] for NASA because of its experiments and the almost pop-like status the lander received from its widely popular twitter profile. I will surely miss the entertaining and educational updates Mars Phoenix has provided. Thankfully, […]

  4. […] Kepler on Twitter at Hopefully it will be as interesting as the Mars Phoenix mission tweets. You can view the main mission page here or check out other NASA missions that you can follow on […]

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