Follow these 20 accounts if you want to know what is going on in the International Space Station in 2012 and beyond.
Experts, space agencies and real astronauts tweet about life onboard ISS, experiments, press events, supply launches, crew changes and orbit corrections. Follow them and you will also see many great photos and videos taken by crew members. A spacetweep must-follow list!
|Twitter handle||Name||Why follow?|
|@ISS_NatLab||NASA National Laboratory||Official NASA account that tweets mostly about US-based experiments on board ISS|
|@ISS_Research||NASA ISS Research||Official NASA account tweeting about all research on board ISS|
|@EsaScience||ESA Science||Official ESA account that reports on all science projects for the European Space Agency, much of which takes place inside the ISS|
|@JAXA_en||Japanese Space Agency||Official JAXA account providing updates in English about Japanese space exploration, much of which is related to the Japanese ISS laboratory and HTV supply flights|
|@Federalspace||Roscosmos Russian Space Agency||Official Roscosmos account tweeting about Russian space flight, plus daily updates on Russian experiments on board ISS and news about Soyuz and Progress ISS supply flights|
|@CSA_ASC||Canadian Space Agency||Official CSA account that tweets information about Canadian ISS missions, including Canadarm and Canadian crew members|
|@ISS_Promisse||ISS Promisse Mission News||Non-agency account that follows all news related to ESA’s promISSe mission|
|@Twisst||Twitter ISS Tracker||Get twitter notifications when ISS passes visibly over the location in your Twitter bio|
|@ArianeSpace||ArianeSpace||Official account for commercial company that launches ESA ATV ISS supply ships from French Guyana|
|@SpaceX||SpaceX||Official account for the first commercial ISS supplier, using Dragon capsules that will allow material to be sent back to earth|
|@OrbitalSciences||Orbital Sciences||Official account for the second company starting commercial supply flights to ISS in 2012, using the Cygnus spacecraft|
|@KeystoneFlight||Scott Stover (NASA)||The NASA Flight Director for ISS expedition 30|
|@AstroCoastie||Dan Burbank (NASA)||Expedition 29/30 ISS crew member and commander of Expedition 30|
|@Astro_Pettit||Donald Pettit (NASA)||Expedition 30/31 ISS crew member|
|@Astro_Andre||Andre Kuipers (ESA)||Expedition 30/31 ISS crew member|
|@AkiHoshide||Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA)||Expedition 32/33 ISS crew member|
|@Cmdr_Hadfield||Chris Hadfield (CSA)||Expedition 34/35 ISS crew member and commander of expedition 35|
|@AstroMarshburn||Thomas Marshburn (NASA)||Expedition 34/35 ISS crew member|
|@Astro_Luca||Luca Parmitano (ESA)||Expedition 36/37 crew member, tweeting a lot about his current astronaut training|
|@AstroRobonaut||Robonaut2 (NASA)||Official NASA account of the only permanent ISS crew member, the robot astronaut|
Who would you want to add to this list? Let us know below in the comments!
Remco Timmermans (@timmermansr) is a consultant on sustainable tourism and a space enthusiast. In 2011, he live-tweeted from two impressive launches: the last space shuttle from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a Soyuz rocket from the Kosmodrome in Kazachstan.