Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Year In Space

A topic I've discussed time and time again on my blog has been Astronomy which is no mystery to any of my regular readers. Astronomy is one of my biggest passions in life and there's nothing I love more than the moon, a 'selenophile' as they call me it's the one thing that makes me stand back and take notice putting me in an almost trance every night I see it.
  There's one more thing that I love more than anything and that's when I see the International Space Station fly over Ireland, 'how the hell do you know when it flies over Ireland?' Well my friend, ISSTracker.com ;) aswell as that there's one man in particular, Scott Kelly (the previous commander of the International Space Station) who is now currently on his way back to earth after spending 1 year in space.

Last year Scott Kelly and his crew mate Kornienko blasted off into space in order to see the effects long haul space flights have on the human body (comparing Cmdr Kelly to his twin brother Mark who currently remains on earth) with hopes to see if one day a human will one day go to mars. Something very alien like to many people but something I do firmly believe in.
 When you think about one year of your life it doesn't seem like a long time, well at least that's the way I thought about it when I was repeating my leaving cert however spending one year on board the ISS is something I can't even begin to imagine. The duo who have spent 340 days on board the ISS will have orbited earth over 5,440 times and carried out over 400 experiments.

Everyone of my friends now know about Scott's arrival home and it's 100% because I've spoken about it so much, space exploration is something I wish was discussed more amongst teenagers/kids as we all understand how important exploration is for the human race and how much it improves human life.
 I'm forever thinking about life on board the ISS and how it must feel to orbit the earth looking down on earth and it leaves me speechless.
Ireland From The ISS
There's nothing more magical to me than space and everything astronomy related which is why I wanted to write this post today to celebrate the arrival of Kelly and celebrate this historic moment in space exploration.

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