Astronaut Reid Wiseman Is Your New Twitter Must-Follow

By David Wharton | Published

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One of the coolest things about social media is the way it lets us experience by proxy something most of us probably never will directly: travelling into space. Sure, we’ve had access to videos taken in space for decades now, but social media has narrowed the distance between us and the humans who are currently orbiting high above us by quite a bit. Now that Chris Hadfield is back groundside, it’s time to update your Twitter with some new astronaut-y goodness. Allow us to suggest astronaut Reid Wiseman, who recently joined the crew of the ISS, and who is bleeding enthusiasm all over Twitter in a truly endearing way.

“I can’t stop looking outside!” That’d pretty much be me in your shoes, brother.

Trained as a Naval test pilot, Wiseman was qualified as an astronaut in 2011 and just arrived on the ISS earlier this week, as part of Expedition 40/41. He’ll be aboard the ISS for six months, tentatively due to return in November 2014. I have a feeling that time is going to pass way too quickly for him, but in the meantime we’re getting a kick out of his wide-eyed attitude about all the little weirdnesses of living and working in space.

And, naturally, his life aboard the ISS includes some generous perks. Primarily, one hell of a view out the windows.

You can follow Wiseman via @astro_reid. (And thanks to io9 for steering us toward him!)