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Astronaut Tweets Breakfast Order

NASA's T.J. Creamer, who became the first person to post an update to Twitter from space, is providing new updates about his mission.

The astronaut who last week made history by posting to Twitter directly from space continued his updates over the weekend, broadcasting information about his mission and, most recently, what he had for breakfast.

"This morn I had granola with blueberries, and a vegetable quiche (both rehydrated & very tasty)," wrote flight engineer T.J. Creamer, of NASA Expedition 22, at about 6:28 p.m. EST Sunday. He also directed Twitter users to pictures of his current mission, and noted that "gravity is really handy for certain operations."

Creamer is aboard the International Space Station along with several other crewmembers.

At approximately 3:38 a.m. EST Friday, he wrote the first message ever posted directly to Twitter from somewhere other than planet Earth. "Hello Twitterverse!," wrote Creamer, under the user name Astro_TJ.

"We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station—the 1st live tweet from Space! ," Creamer said.

Creamer's Twitter followers are becoming legion. He had about 5,000 followers on Friday, but that number had mushroomed to more than 22,000 as of Sunday.

NASA astronauts have posted Twitter messages in the past, but they first had to be relayed to Mission Control. Now, residents of the ISS can post directly to the micro-blogging site thanks to a new, direct Internet connection.

Dubbed the Crew Support LAN, the system relies on existing communication links to give astronauts full Web connectivity. The crew also has access to e-mail, VoIP, and videoconferencing tools.

NASA said the astronauts posts are subject to the same guidelines that cover government employees' use of social media on terra firma.

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