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School holidays are coming up, and thank god it’s going to be hot. Swimming pools, hanging out with friends, water fights. How much better can school holidays get? But many years ago, something really important happened in the school holidays. The first person was sent into space! So go celebrate this, this article will be about the biggest events in our history about space.
When we look up at the sky with millions of stars, what we are really seeing is a whole universe of planets, asteroids, moons and suns. But these things were so far away from mankind, that we couldn’t really explore them. But on April 12, 1961 we started. Yuri Gagarin was a Russian cosmonaut flying in the Vostok 1, and he became the first person to make it into space. And this remarkable trip, helped change everything.
Space is a very hostile place. No air too breathe, the temperature is freezing cold, and doesn’t sound like the most enjoyable place. But for countries like the U.S and Russia, well they wanted to know everything about space. An insight I have is I understand how they want to find out more. They get introduced to something no one knows that much about, you would want to learn more about it.
In fact, the president of the United States stated:
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy but because they are hard.”
So saying this, massive amounts of research and money went into creating a rocket called Apollo 11. And when it landed on the moon on 20th July 1969, it became the first rocket to be on the moon. Therefore, the two astronomers on this rocket ship became the first men to land/walk/float on the moon. These 2 astronomers were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who happened to be from America. Neil Armstrong stated:
‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.
And he was completely true.
But then even bigger things happened.
In the 1970’s, the U.S.A set up Skylab, the first space station that let people live in space! In 1981, the launch of the space rocket Columbia started the beginning of reusable space craft. And they built the giant structure so big, that is was seen from Earth!
And guess what, there’s an international space station that people have been living there from the year 2000. The people there can answer questions you might have about space. A question I have is how did they collect all of this information? The knowledge gained from space missions and space stations can help other missions, like how satellites are orbiting the earth in their hundreds. And these satellites are still giving TV signals, phones and the internet all around the world.
But there are also downfalls to these incredible events, like how much it costs for human spaceflight, and to build and launch spaceships. It can cost billions, so most big projects now use unmanned satellites and advanced robots.
Now you might think that we know EVERYTHING about space, but the truth is we have a lot to learn about our universe. Recently sending people has been helping us find out more about space, and its gone to the point where some companies have set up space tourism programs to take people beyond Earth’s atmosphere, just for the experience! Here’s an example of this, and it’s a true add:
“Virgin Galactic is on track to become the world’s first commercial space line and if you’ve ever dreamt of joining the incredible group of pioneering astronauts your opportunity has arrived.”
But this isn’t the only add out there who wants people to join them to go to space, there’s way more. In fact, there’s a project right now that wants to send people to mars to create a reality tv show. This cast will be going to stay and live on mars, and it’s a one way ticket only. A question I have is what type of people are they looking for to be in this project?
So if all of this happens, we would have proven that we have the technology to send people to our space. But we could also prove we have the technology to travel further. So, while were getting ready to celebrate sending huge amounts of people into space, the future of exploring space is still very interesting and exciting.