Edison Astronaut Plans To Keep In Touch From Space

Mark L. Polansky

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A NASA astronaut who is originally from Edison plans to use the internet to stay in touch with people on the ground during his next mission.

Mark L. Polansky will use the social networking site Twitter.com to relay messages while he is commanding the space shuttle Endeavor. NASA hoped to launch the shuttle on Wednesday for a 16-day mission to the International Space Station, but the flight will be delayed until next month.

You can follow Polansky’s updates at http://twitter.com/ Astro_127.
While there is no active internet connection on the space shuttle, Polansky can relay messages via mission control, officials said.

The mission, which was delayed by a hydrogen leak in the shuttle’s external tank, is planned to make upgrades to the International Space Station.

Polansky, 53, is a 1974 graduate of John P. Stevens High School in Edison. He has previously flown into space twice, in 2001 and 2006. He is married and has two children. His mother, Edith Polansky, still resides in Edison.

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