Just as an interesting story, I thought I’d share this. A few weeks ago, astronaut Doug Wheelock tweeted photos of hurricane Earl as it was building and reaching the North American coast. His photos were instantly available from Twitpic. This just goes to show the power of real-time reporting and posting.

Some of his tweets during that time:

And some of his linked images:

“Hurricane Earl is gathering some serious strength. It is incredible what a difference a day makes when you’re dealing with this force of nature. Please keep a watchful eye on this one…not sure if Earl will go quietly into the night like Danielle. Earl – “Go placidly amid the noise and haste…and remember what peace there may be in silence…””

“Approaching Hurricane Earl, a little after 5:00pm EDT on Thursday…in the gap between ISS structure you can clearly see the state of Florida, Lake Okeechobee, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cuba (behind the starboard solar arrays). Looks like a gorgeous summer day in south Florida…such a contrast to what lies just off shore…”

You can follow him on Twitter here: @astro_wheels

I’m just impressed that his phone got good enough reception up there to work! 🙂

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