Maybe it’s being from Houston, growing up within range of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and my many visits there, but I’ve enjoyed learning about space exploration and hearing about plans for future voyages for as long as I can remember. I love that the internet allows me to watch launches live and think one day I’ll make a trip to see one in person. I hope I’m still young enough to see amazing progress happen with space exploration in my lifetime. Until then, I’ll keep reading and watching.
“Moving To Mars: Preparing for the longest, loneliest voyage ever” in the April 20 issue of The New Yorker is worth a read. Just imagining such a long trip (to MARS!) is amazing and fascinating and so exciting, it’s hard for me to even consider how it would feel to witness it happening. I’m guessing it’ll be something like what people felt like watching the moon landing but x92834983743974.
“For years, NASA has run experiments replicating the environments of space and alien planets. Rovers and robotics have been tested in the Arizona desert and in the Canadian Arctic. “Human factor” studies in preparation for space-station duties have been carried out in a capsule at the Johnson Space Center and in an underwater lab off Key Largo. These days, the International Space Station provides an analogue for future long-duration missions; the astronaut Scott Kelly, who has just begun the first full year for an American in orbit, is the subject of psychological as well as physical tests. The Hawaii project represents another step for NASA: a test of group dynamics and morale to help design systems that will send a team into deep space.”
If you’re interested in space too, have you been following along with Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Year in Space? He’s on Twitter and Instagram, and when he gets back, NASA is going to compare him to his identical twin. 😍