Trump Withdraws Nomination of O’Rielly to Serve as FCC Commissioner

President Donald Trump has withdrawn the nomination of Michael P. O’Rielly for another five-year term on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

SpaceNews reports the White House withdrew the nomination because O’Rielly opposed a petition by the Trump Administration asking the FCC to re-examine section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Section 230 provides free speech protections to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Conservatives have accused the companies of censoring their views and want the immunity removed.

O’Rielly’s nomination was already on hold in the Senate at the time it was withdrawn. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced on July 28 that he had put a hold on the nomination until O’Rielly publicly committed to overturning the FCC’s Ligado order.

In April, FCC commissioners approved a modification to Ligado’s license to operate L-band communications services. The approval was opposed by the Trump Administration, the Defense Department, and other agencies that believe it will interfere with Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation signals.

“I understand that O’Rielly has stated that he would give ‘due consideration to a stay’ ‘based on new data or evidence’ – but that isn’t enough,” Inhofe said in a statement. “This isn’t just about our military, but all users of GPS are united in opposition. All of America can’t be wrong, and he understands that. I need his commitment in plain English to vote to overturn the order, not just consider it, before I will allow his nomination to proceed.”   

CASIS Takes Over ISS National Lab Facebook, Twitter Accounts

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (September 26, 2012) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization now managing research on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, announced today that it is assuming management responsibility for the Facebook and Twitter social media accounts previously operated by NASA, starting October 1, 2012.


@Astro_Tim Sends First Tweets From ISS


NASA astronaut and U.S. Army Col. Tim Kopra has become the first International Space Station crew member to use the social media tool Twitter to discuss living and working in orbit.

Kopra (@Astro_Tim) recently joined the Expedition 20 crew after arriving at the orbiting laboratory July 17 aboard space shuttle Endeavour. He is set to return to Earth on the STS-128 mission, which is targeted to launch Aug. 25. To follow Kopra on Twitter, visit:


NASA Embraces Social Networking


NASA, Booz Allen Hamilton find treasure in social networking
Computer World

“Explore these [social networking] technologies because the Gen Y kids are probably right,” says Chris Howard, vice president and research directory for the Burton Group. If history is any indication, social networking could become the next instant messaging, which grew from a teen-girl chat service into a core element of corporate unified communication systems.“You have to focus on the business value and de-emphasize the cool factor,” Howard said Thursday at the annual Burton Group Catalyst Conference.


Spot ISS Using Twitter

International Space Station
International Space Station

Spot the Space Station: Twitter Tells You When

Dutch science reporter Govert Schilling and journalist/web developer Jaap Meijers created @twisst, a Twitter service that will tell you when the space station will fly over your location.

The new service is in a test phase, according to a statement from Schilling. Twitter users can follow it at @twisst ( Others can learn about it at a regular web site.

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A Giant Tweet for Mankind….

NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino
NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino


As astronaut Mike Massimino zoomed to rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope Tuesday, he managed to reach out to thousands of people who are following his Twitter feed. He sent an email to Johnson Space Center, which then posted this message to his Twitter:

“From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!”

@Astro_Mike Hits 136,000 Followers on Twitter

NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino
NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino

The Huntsville Times says that a NASA astronaut is now putting the rest of the space agency to shame with his Tweets:

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino – who is slated to fly to the Hubble Space Telescope next month – is putting the space agency in the social media arena with his Twitter account that now reaches more than 130,000 people. (more…)

NASA Astronaut to Twitter From Orbit

NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino
A giant leap for the Tweet: NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike) is set to become for first human to Twitter from space.

NASA astronaut says he will Twitter from space
Computer World

A NASA astronaut today said he’ll be Twittering from the space shuttle Atlantis next month as it travels to and from its mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.


@Astro_Mike Now Tweeting


NASA astronaut Mike Massimino is using Twitter to provide a unique, behind the scenes peek at the last weeks of his training for the fifth and final shuttle servicing mission to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.


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