Lately I've been feeling like Twitter is reaching some kind of critical mass. Here's more proof. The New York Times reports that NASA is using Twitter to post updates about the Phoenix Mars Lander.
Here's the MarsPhoenix Twitter feed.
Reading this reminded me of the scene from Apollo 13, when the astronauts get bumped off network TV because everything is still going fine on the moon mission. Tom Hanks and his buddies are goofing around with a camera as if their antics are being broadcast all over the world. Meanwhile, on earth, their families see that the networks don't think it's newsworthy. It's kinda sad.
Now, the networks still don't think every detail of the Mars mission is newsworthy. But it doesn't matter. If you care about the Mars mission, you can get your info fix, and engage in a conversation with the fine folks at NASA, networks be damned. If the Phoenix Lander had a family and kids, I'm sure they'd be proud.