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An American just docked at the International Space Station, and his Twitter photos are amazing

The International Space Station crew member Reid Wiseman of the U.S. waves to his family after donning a space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

This is astronaut Reid Wiseman’s first time in space and it shows.

The Maryland native has been tweeting with abandon from aboard the International Space Station since docking early Thursday morning.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Wiseman’s prolific tweeting, from the handle @astro_reid, has rocketed him from 16,000 Twitter followers on May 1 to more than 37,000 by Monday. His space photos are remarkable — and so is his selfie-taking optimism, despite the “frequent” frustration of his new zero-gravity workspace.

Wiseman will be in space for another six months, and judging from his tweets so far, he appears to be a must-follow — and, perhaps, the long-awaited American answer to Canada’s rock star astronaut Chris Hadfield











Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at On Twitter: @abbydphillip



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