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A case for humans in space : the European astronauts by Barbara Warmbein; European Space Agency

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The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) was dedicated to the first three-dimensional, digital mapping of the Earth’s surface on a nearglobal scale. He was responsible for SRTM operations, including the deployment and retraction of the 60 m boom from Endeavour's cargo bay that carried one of the flight's radar systems. He was also one of two spacewalking crew members, in the event a contingency spacewalk was necessary. Current Assignment Following his flight, Thiele has been assigned by NASA for collateral duties as a Capcom, the interface in charge of communications between the Control Center and the Space Shuttle crew.

People feel attached to these astronauts. But what are these ties? I believe they root in our deepest inner self. Human beings have a desire to explore the unknown, to comprehend the worlds beyond, to probe the boundaries – and thus push them further. ” questions. Is not the growing child, asking all these questions (Why does the Sun shine? Why is the sky blue? Why are the seas salty? Why are the mountains high? ) a symbol of the human being who grows by asking questions in the desire to better understand himself and his surroundings?

The answer to this question is clearly “No”. Spaceflights have resulted in many measurable and valuable results. This is true not only for science, but some results affect our daily lives already without us taking much note of it. European astronauts have contributed to quite a lot stories of success in the past 20 years. I will restrict myself to two examples, not because I think the others are less important, but because I feel especially attached to these missions. Firstly, I would like to mention *The German original version by I.

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