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Astronaut and Dulaney Grad Soars as Twitter Sensation

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has become a Twitter celebrity by tweeting pictures while orbiting the Earth.

Reid Wiseman tweets photos of Earth from space. Credit: Screenshot from Reid Wiseman's Twitter
Reid Wiseman tweets photos of Earth from space. Credit: Screenshot from Reid Wiseman's Twitter
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, the 140-character limit on Twitter is not a problem for NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, 38, who has been tweeting stunning photographs from space while orbiting the earth.

Wiseman has been sharing his experience with the public by means of his Twitter account (@astro_reid), according to The Baltimore Sun. Photo tweets from Wiseman began even before the launch, including selfies taken with his crewmates, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev.

A  previous Patch story reported that Wiseman, a Cockeysville resident -- when he’s not living in space -- and Dulaney High School graduate of 1993, was launched into space on May 28 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month visit to the International Space Station. Wiseman is the flight engineer for the trip.

Since arriving at the International Space Station, Wiseman has been tweeting photographs of anything from him hitting the gym to stunning photographs of Earth from various angles.

One of his first tweets featured a photograph of the Soyuz he was aboard with Earth in the background, captioned, “I can’t stop looking outside!”

Wiseman also tweeted on Sunday saying, “My parents were waving in Maryland at sunrise, so I took a picture of them.” He included a photograph of the planet half in the light.

Some of his other tweets have included images of the Pacific Ocean, the Straits of Magellan, a sunset over Madagascar, and pink clouds that are apparently prettier from Earth than space -- one piece of good news for anyone who might be getting a little jealous of Wiseman’s adventure.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Wiseman’s photographs have turned him into a Twitter celebrity with Twitter followers jumping from 16,000 to 30,800 within a month.


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