April 12 was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as International Day of Human Space Flight to “celebrate the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes”
Here are three inspiring quotes from three NASA Astronauts that can serve as a reminder about how space exploration can benefit humanity.
“I’m one of the very fortunate people who had that amazing experience of traveling to space and that were able to see our Earth, our home, from up there. As all the astronauts can tell, it leaves a lasting impression on you and helps you see the world with a different set of eyes. And that experience is what has brought us together here today, trying to find ways to share that experience, that view from up there and how it translates into building a new world together that will be a world for all of us where we all work together, to protect it, to make it better for future generations to come” - Anousheh Ansari, Iranian-American engineer and First Female Private Space Explorer.
“We look at the planet from that vantage point of this orbital outpost traveling 17.500 miles per hour, going around the planet every 90 minutes and I didn’t see any borders. I saw this fragile blue planet that we are all in charge of ensuring that we keep it sustained." - Leland Devon Melvin, American engineer and former NASA astronaut.
“If we can set aside our differences and work together to do something great in Space, imagine what we could do by bringing that same level of cooperation and collaboration on the Earth surface. (...)All of us, every one of us, is riding through the universe together on this spaceship we call Earth” - Ronald John Garan Jr, American NASA Astronaut.
Watch the full panel featuring Ms. Anousheh Ansari, Mr. Leland Devon Melvin and Mr. Ronald John Garan Jr. bellow.
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