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A Twitter star in space

Apr. 21, 2011 - 02:20PM   |   Last Updated: Apr. 21, 2011 - 02:20PM  |  
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You might say Army Col. Doug Wheelock posts snapshots to Twitter on the fly.

The NASA astronaut was recently honored with a top social media award for one of those shots, an ethereal image, below, of the moon captured last year during his six-month stint aboard the International Space Station.

The infantry officer-turned-Army aviator-turned-Space Shuttle crewman-turned-International Space Station commander turned to Twitter to give his 100,000 followers a steady stream of shots.

"Don't tell me that the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon … sure looks beautiful setting behind our blue planet, maybe one day we'll be daring enough to go back," http://twitter.com/Astro_Wheels">he posted June 22 on his Twitter account alongside the winning picture.

Dubbed simply "Moon from Space," the image won best Real-Time Photo of the Year.

The Shorty Awards honor people and organizations producing short-form, real-time social media content, determined by a combination of popular vote and by members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences.

"The dream of space exploration belongs to everyone, and I am grateful I can play even a small role in connecting people to the universe," Wheelock said last month as he was handed his Shorty in New York City.

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