Into Space? Here’s Who to Follow on Social Media

by Emily Shore on August 24, 2017

Every day advances in technology demonstrate mankind’s intellectual growth and desire to discover new things. Social media offers space enthusiasts quick access to updates on the most recent space exploration discoveries. Here are nine social media sites space enthusiasts should consider following to learn about the most recent advances in space.

1. NASA (@nasa)

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is an independent agency responsible for the advancement of space exploration and space research. NASA provides the general public a glimpse into their discoveries and space exploration endeavors. Over 25.7 million people follow NASA’s Instagram account (@nasa) to stay up to date on NASA’s past, current and future projects.

2. International Space Station (@iss)

The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable artificial satellite that serves as a space environment research laboratory. The ISS is a collaborative effort between 15 nations that serves three main purposes to further scientific research on space, to advance space exploration and to promote education and cultural outreach. Their Instagram account (@iss) that has over three million followers. Space enthusiasts can find photos and videos of the crew currently onboard the station, the equipment on board the station, images of their discoveries in space and posts on future plans for space exploration.

3. SpaceX (+SpaceX)

SpaceX is a private aerospace company that revolutionized space transportation. Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches spacecrafts and rockets for NASA. SpaceX is the first commercial aerospace company to send a spacecraft into space, to have a commercial craft attach to the ISS and the first commercial company to send a spacecraft to deliver cargo to the ISS. The company’s primary goal is to aid in the advancement of space transportation for the future colonization of Mars. With over 1.5 million followers, SpaceX’s Google Plus account offers space enthusiasts photos and videos of their most recent developments in space transportation, the progress of their multi planetary colonization projects and launches of their spacecrafts.

4. Mars One (@MarsOneProject)

Mars One is a private organization founded in 2011, working on a project to send astronauts on a one-way trip to the planet Mars to set up a colony there by the year 2035. Mars One has extensive details of their plan to actualize their goal including ten milestones from selecting and training their crew, to cargo missions to launching and landing up to two crews on Mars. Mars One has a Facebook account with over 170,000 followers and space enthusiasts can get updates on the progress of the Mars One project, see images of their space crafts and the progress of their astronaut selection process.

5. The Hubble telescope (@thehubblescope)

Launched in 1990, the Hubble space telescope is one of the largest space telescopes utilizing a 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) mirror to provide NASA with high-resolution images of space. It resulted in numerous groundbreaking discoveries in astrophysics. For those that are interested in learning more about the formation of stars or planets or even just basic astronomy the Hubble telescope, the Instagram page is the place to go (@thehubblescope). The feed provides over 207,000 followers with out of this world images and videos of space, stars and the galaxy.

6. NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts)

NASA has a social media page on Twitter (@NASA_Astronauts) that allows followers to hear from astronauts that are currently aboard the ISS. For space enthusiasts wanting to know more about a day in the life of the astronauts aboard the ISS or know what they are working on, this is the page for you. Over 670,000 followers visit this page to see current photos and videos of space from the eyes of an astronaut.

7. Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake)

Tim Peake is a British astronaut, a test pilot and author that returned from the ISS in June of 2016 (expedition 46/47). Tim has traveled around the earth 3000 times covering approximately 125 million kilometers ( a total of 78 million miles). He became the first person to run a marathon from space while simultaneously becoming the second person to run one in space. On his Twitter page, Tim often posted numerous photos that he took of the earth during his expedition. Approximately 1.6 million people follow his Twitter feed featuring interesting studies about new discoveries in space technology, space travel and his experience in space.

8. Karen Nyberg (knyberg)

Karen Nyberg is an American mechanical engineer and astronaut for NASA and is the 50th woman to travel to the ISS. She has been on two expeditions to the ISS, clocking 180 days in space. Approximately 96,000 people follow her Pinterest page (knyberg) where she is recognized for her space related boards featuring photos taken of life aboard the ISS such boards include science in space, our home planet earth, space history and the Soyuz. Space enthusiasts can find a range of images with descriptions of life aboard the ISS, cloud formations from above, life with zero gravity, scientific discoveries concerning space, astronomy and more.

Whether you are looking for information on space travel, advances in space technology, photos of space or life aboard the ISS from an astronaut’s point of view this list has everything a space enthusiast needs to get out of this world updates.

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