I can’t really imagine what it would mean or what it would take to be at the International Space Station (ISS). Actually I can’t even imagine myself getting inside a space shuttle for any amount of time. I don’t like being inclosed in a small space to begin with, but also, I am not that adventuresome. It doesn’t sound like fun at any level. But I am very glad there are other people who do it. I enjoy the results from their work.
But if I were to be OK flying off this world into space, I don’t think I could spend 340 days in yet another small space, “floating” in space. I don’t think I could spend 6 months up there, or a month even. I don’t know what it takes to become an astronaut, but I know I don’t have any of those characteristics. I guess, enjoying the view from up there and taking pictures…. yes, I could do that. Probably. Maybe. For few hours. I don’t know. Maybe not.
This is one of the responses Astronaut Scott Kelly wrote about a typical day up in ISS:
I wake up at about 6:45 am. I work most of the day on different experiments, maintenance and operations of the space station. I exercise, and I end my workday at about 7:30 or 8 p.m. I go to sleep about a couple hours later.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the pictures Astronaut Scott Kelly I posted some pictures back in August, and I can’t tire of seeing his pictures (on Facebook) with all the shapes, and colors… what a view it must be from up there. I find it incredible. Incredible nature, colors, shapes, incredible that he could stay up there for a whole year.
I am really hoping Mr. Kelly publishes a book with his images, because I’d be the first one in line to get it. Most of his photos look surreal, many times like paintings, abstract lots of the time, it is just amazing what our Earth is all about.
Here, I, by no means, want to take credit for his work by posting his photos that I’ve copied from Mr. Scott Kelly’s posts. I just want to make sure I can still enjoy them until he does publish his book… (wishful thinking, right?)
And of course, I want to celebrate the completion of his (their) mission. On March 1 (just few days from now) he (and the Russian cosmonaut) will return to Earth. He will finally return home to his family and friends. He will be with his twin brother with whom they are doing scientific studies to see what gravity and being out of it for this prolonged time does to his body. And as this article says, he’ll have few things to re-adjust to. I’m hoping we can watch his last live interview from ISS tomorrow. And of course, we’ll continue to watch and read more about what it has been like this past year for him and everyone at the ISS.
For now, I am celebrating his accomplishment, because I have enjoyed what he has shared with us online. Videos, thoughts, and these amazing images. (You can see Time’s pick of Scott Kelly’s best photos.) I am forever thankful for the chance to see our beautiful, wonderful Earth through his camera.
Astronaut Scott Kelly posted on Tumblr the description of this sight in Africa and he titled it, Earth Art : Out of Africa. Do go visit when you have few minutes, it is amazing.
One of the last interviews to both of the astronauts at the ISS before they return home after a year in space. And this website a really fun one to check as well. I am hopping we can watch live their return back to Earth.
Thank you Mr. Kelly for sharing these beautiful sights with the whole world while you watched us from up above.