40 years ago, the astronauts on Apollo 11 broadcast into a void, sharing news with an invisible audience. Before landing, Buzz Aldrin radioed to Earth, saying:
This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.
Today, the AP ran an article about the four astronauts on the current Endeavor space shuttle mission. The astronauts today answer questions posted on YouTube. They twitter. The article says this:
The YouTube questions were the latest effort by NASA to embrace social media.