Currently reading @stationcdrkelly
book “Endurance”. I’ve always considered astronauts to be one of the bravest people among us but wow...this book really shows you just how brave one has to be for the sake of exploration and the advancement of the human species. The following excerpt is so beautifully written. I find it enlightening, yet very sad...
“It’s hard to explain to people who haven’t lived on the ISS how much we start to miss nature. In the future there will be a word for the specific kind of nostalgia we feel for living things. We all like to listen to records of nature - rainforest, bird calls, wind in the trees. As sterile and lifeless as everything is up here, we do have windows that give us a fantastic view of Earth. It’s hard to describe the experience of looking down at the planet. I feel as though I know the Earth in an intimate way most people don’t - the coastline, terrain, mountains, and rivers. Some parts of the world, especially in Asia, are so blanketed by air pollution that they appear sick, in need of treatment or at least a chance to heal. The line of our atmosphere is as thin as a contact lens over an eye, and it’s fragility seems to demand our protection.” - Scott Kelly