Space Chronicles

Aaaaaaw! Das ist wirklich... mir fehlen eigentlich fast die Worte... Don Pettit, wissenschaftlicher Offizier auf der ISS hat Tagebuch geführt und schreibt darin über den Geruch des Weltraums...

Each time, when I repressed the airlock, opened the hatch and welcomed two tired workers inside, a peculiar odor tickled my olfactory senses. At first I couldn't quite place it. It must have come from the air ducts that re-pressed the compartment. Then I noticed that this smell was on their suit, helmet, gloves, and tools. It was more pronounced on fabrics than on metal or plastic surfaces. It is hard to describe this smell; it is definitely not the olfactory equivalent to describing the palette sensations of some new food as "tastes like chicken." The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation.

Oder das schlechte Gewissen nach der Wasserblasenjagd...

It is easy to spill a little water. Perhaps you release some water from the nozzle of our food re-hydrating dispenser, or perhaps from the nozzle where we bathe. In either case, you produce a most amazing array of tiny jeweled spheres, each glistening like a crystal lens as they scatter in all directions. You chase them down with a tissue and catch a few before they impact on the walls. When tissue-contact is made, they adsorb so quickly they simply disappear as if they were soap bubbles that had just popped. You feel a small sadness inside for having destroyed something so beautiful.

Oder die Auswirkungen der Schwerelosigkeit auf das Denken...

What intuitive behaviors would spawn from being raised in weightlessness and how might this change your methods of thinking and problem solving? For people who will be raised in orbit, I speculate that their thinking perspective will be different, their way of processing three dimensions -- hence, their thoughts and methods of solving complex problems. Creativity will certainly be more three-dimensional and definitely thinking will be out of the gravitational box. Like the way culture and language influences your ability to creatively think and the kinds of problems you choose to tackle, being free from gravity will entice thoughts never before possible for the human mind. Perhaps the next revolutions in scientific discovery will have to wait until humanity steps out of its cradle and expands into space.

Ein absolutes Must-Read für alle, die schon immer lieber Astronaut statt Feuerwehrmann werden wollten. Und dann Webdesigner geworden sind...

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