Washington – NASA astronaut and International Space Station
commander Doug Wheelock became the first person to "check in" from
space Friday using the mobile social networking application Foursquare, which
lets users find nearby friends and places.

The move officially launched a
partnership between NASA and New York-based Foursquare to connect its users to
the space agency.

As part of the relationship, a customized section of
Foursquare website’s will feature tips and information about the nation’s space

"Partnering with Foursquare allows NASA to connect directly with
the people who visit our locations and share with them the interesting things
that happen at each place," said Bob Jacobs, deputy associate
administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in DC.

When Wheelock
checked in to the space station venue, he received the message, "You are
now 220 miles above Earth traveling at 17,500 mph and unlocked the NASA
Explorer Badge! Show this badge and get a free scoop of astronaut ice cream."


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