Space Station Crew Offers Earthlings Year-end Message of Hope
Members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 64 crew this week offered their Earth colleagues a message of hope like no other at the end of the year.
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins, as well as astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, gathered at the station Tuesday to deliver a brief address. Everyone picked up the microphone to say a few words.
“In November, Victor, Shannon, Soichi, and I arrived aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon, which we called Resilience,” said Hopkins.
Recognizing the impact of the ongoing pandemic, he added, “We have chosen this name as a tribute to people around the world and to the team that is helping make our mission possible in a year that has changed our entire lives. We also want to remember everyone we lost this year. “
Glover added that “the resilience of the human mind is something we can really celebrate this special time of year.”
By the end of the message, the five astronauts floated upside down, and the final seconds of the video showed that astronaut socks, despite all their sophisticated space gear, are indeed like earth socks.
Hopkins, Glover, Walker and Noguchi made history in November by flying the Crew Dragon’s first mission after a successful summer demonstration flight with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.
This year NASA and its international partners celebrated 20 years of uninterrupted human occupation on the space station.
The 357 foot long space-based laboratory, orbiting about 250 miles above Earth, flies around our planet every 90 minutes and moves at an astonishing 5 miles per second.
If you’re in the right place at the right time and the sky is clear, you can easily see the space station go by above you – no telescope or binoculars required.
To date, more than 240 people from 18 countries have spent time on the International Space Station, and in July NASA celebrated its 300th space walk with American astronauts.