Space tourism sparks interest in cutting-edge science on Earth


After another successful launch of Blue Origin this weekend marking the third civilian voyage aboard a spacecraft owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, work on Earth to advance space science time continues.

A program called Pangea, organized by the European Space Agency, gives astronauts practical lessons in geology for their future extraterrestrial missions.

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen said: “Today, we have basic training to perform similar operations in space if that is on board the International Space Station or in the future on the lunar surface. , whatever our background,” said astronaut Andreas Mogensen.

The Pangea program is three weeks of intensive study. At each location, astronauts and space scientists take classes and use virtual reality, followed by field trips to find out what they can find elsewhere, too. on the earth.

“Most likely, we will land close to, say, a crater or maybe a lava channel, or if it is on Mars, perhaps what we believe to be an ancient river or lake bed. , where there was likely water runoff in the past,” says Mogensen.

For space enthusiasts on the ground, watching the launch weekend in West Texas may hope to renew the spirit of discovery, where space science can flourish on Earth science.

“I have to sit here and see something that I will never see again and have never seen before,” said Kenny Sligery, a space enthusiast. Space tourism sparks interest in cutting-edge science on Earth


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