Are you interested in space and astronauts? Everybody wants to learn about astronauts and space right? Then here are your answers to sate your curiosity.  Well, what are you waiting for?

 

The word astronaut comes from the Greek words, “astron” and “nautes” meaning “star sailor” and it also refers to everyone who was launched aboard a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond.

You think you can afford a space launch? Not likely! It costs around $446 million! You heard me!  446 million dollars! Think you can afford it now?

Lots of money Credit: Johnny Vulkan

There is also a term, “cosmonauts” which refers to the space sailors of the Russian space program. I don’t think you’ve heard of the term cosmonauts before because people don’t refer to the Russian space program as much as they do NASA.

Do you want to become an astronaut? Well, all you can do if you want to become an astronaut if you have not graduated, is to try your best and don’t give up. In NASA, you get a whole lot of training to become an astronaut so don’t expect it to be easy and be launched into space within a day. If you want to be an astronaut, don’t give up and do your best all the time.

It takes about three days to adapt to weightlessness. When you land on Earth, your ears don’t work right and you feel heavy. No, not heavy like 4,000 pounds heavy! I think it would take a while to get used to feeling your weight.

Fun Facts!

You think it takes long to see the sun rise and set in orbit? Well, if you are at 25 times the speed of sound orbiting Earth you get to see a sunrise and sunset every hour and a half!

How old is the moon? The leading theory says it’s about 4.5 billion years old! Compare that to human age at about 80. Now

Neil Armstrong Credit: Sunciti Sundaram

there is a great difference between the two of those numbers right?!

The first person in space was Yuri Gagarin in 1961.The First woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova in 1963The First astronaut to touch the moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969.

Conclusion

Is this too much information at once? Well, just make sure you don’t forget this information because it is very important so you better not lose it.  Think this is lacking information? Hah! Impossible! Don’t even think about it…..

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronaut

http://www.nasa.gov