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Thursday, February 22, 2007


I'm going to talk about Astronauts~
To tell you the truth, I wanted to be an astronauts when I was growing up!
But as I studied math , chemistry, and physics, I began to realize that it is hard for me to work for that occupation. (Beacuse I'm poor at those subjects...(>_<)
When I think of space, especially moon, I remember a famous saying.
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Neil Armstrong
What's a beautiful saying!! Don't you think the contrast between "small step" and "giant step" is exquisite??
As you may know, captain Neil Armstrong said this saying when he walked on the moon as the first achiever in whole human being.
I can't imagine how he felt at that time, but I bet he was really excited!
I wonder how he felt when he saw the earth by his own naked eyes.
I wander if he felt the planet was blue?

By the way I read some article about how we can become an astronaut.
This is quoted from NASA's astronaut program.
"The right stuff"
1, Pilots
Pilot must have at least a bachelor's degrees in math, engineering or science; 1000 hours in command of jet aircraft; pass space physical; height 5'4" to 6'4" (163-193 cm)

2, Mission special lists
Mission specialists must have at least a bachelor's degree in math, engineering or science; three years related experience; pass space physical; height 4'1o" to 6'4" (147-193 cm)

So this means that most of people who have a degree in those subjects have chance to be an astronaut!! It's rather broad range in height unexpectedly!

I wonder if the time will come when we can depart for space as freely as we can travel abroad?


  • Tetsuya, do you remember when we visited the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC? We saw astronauts' suits and rockets and many other things--it was overwhelming. I was back there again just recently, with some Greek people who wanted to visit it.

    I would love to see the Earth, our beautiful blue ball, hanging in space.

    By Blogger Nina Liakos, At 12:05 PM  

  • How's it going, Tetsuya? It's really nice to hear from you via your blog. How's your vacation so far?

    Well, after reading the conditions to be an astronaut, the only "right stuff" I have is height! Hahaha~. But I understand that being an astronaut requires a lot of learning especially about science, because it affects how he can accomplish missions wisely and effectively.

    By Blogger Hiromi, At 12:05 PM  

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