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Mars Lander on Twitter 

Published June 3, 2008 at 10:16 a.m.

Lately I've been feeling like Twitter is reaching some kind of critical mass. Here's more proof. The New York Times reports that NASA is using Twitter to post updates about the Phoenix Mars Lander.

Here's the MarsPhoenix Twitter feed.

Reading this reminded me of the scene from Apollo 13, when the astronauts get bumped off network TV because everything is still going fine on the moon mission. Tom Hanks and his buddies are goofing around with a camera as if their antics are being broadcast all over the world. Meanwhile, on earth, their families see that the networks don't think it's newsworthy. It's kinda sad.

Now, the networks still don't think every detail of the Mars mission is newsworthy. But it doesn't matter. If you care about the Mars mission, you can get your info fix, and engage in a conversation with the fine folks at NASA, networks be damned. If the Phoenix Lander had a family and kids, I'm sure they'd be proud.

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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