It may be decades before men and women walk on Mars, but America’s space agency is giving the public a glimpse of the future through its innovative social media program, NASA Social.
Sometimes “where on earth…” just doesn’t cut it. I’m talking about buying digital music, paying for ebooks, and catching up on terrestrial bills while planet-hopping. Now there’s Paypal Galactic, who can provide the perfect solution for these interstellar financial transactions. Naturally, space experts like the SETI Institute and former astronaut, Buzz Aldrin are also involved.
Creating a secure and functional commerce system that can operate in space at scale will not be easy, but with the support of the scientific community, other technology companies and the public at large, we hope to find the solutions to address these challenges. This is just the beginning. Specific details still need to be addressed, and we look forward to keeping you updated with our progress and to the day when we are truly able to make space a commercial reality.
What’s a fair transaction fee for interplanetary payments or a good currency with great intergalactic exchange rates? I’m sure someone out there with experience can help me out, because now all I have to do is figure out how to leave the planet.
“I can’t think of anything that’s changed communications for NASA in the last 30 years more than Twitter,” said John Yembrick, social media manager at NASA. Yembrick discussed NASA’s passion for social media at the AllTwitter Marketing Conference in San Francisco yesterday.
In case you were wondering, Veronica McGregor, Courtney O’Connor, and Stephanie Smith form the trio of tweeters behind the adorable, yet accurate Twitter account chronicling NASA’s mission to Mars. McGregor had also handled the social media efforts for the Phoenix Mars Lander in May 2008.
Over 25,000 people watched the NASA live stream last night to see if Curiosity Rover would land successfully following what was being referred to as the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” the seven-minute time period it took Curiosity rover to enter Mars’ atmosphere and land. In case you missed it (or want to relive the excitement) we’ve put together a list of YouTube videos to capture the event. Check ‘em out and feel free to leave your comments below.