This week’s question is if we would want to travel into outer space. Maybe I’m naive, but I would LOVE to do that. Now, I wouldn’t want to travel very far. I’m like a toddler who doesn’t want to run off too far from their mommy. I think it would be totally cool to hang out in space. Not to mention some people think I’m already a bit of a space cadet.
One activity I haven’t done in a long time but absolutely miss it is scuba diving. If you’ve watched any documentary about space training, you’d know that scuba diving is part of their training. I miss how you can just float peacefully and look at pretty fish. In space, you get to look at pretty stars and planets…which admittedly could get pretty boring. After a while all the stars would look the same and there are only so many planets visible to the naked eye. But to sit and stare at the Earth from the perspective of space….Wow! I mean that must be the reaction because every Hollywood movie who has someone blast off into space says some variation of WOW! Or it’s that stunned look. Knowing me, I’d be the fool who’d realize she left her camera back at the space station and it won’t be orbiting around for another day.
For the record, I have not seen the movie “Gravity” even though it racked up a bunch of trophies at the Academy Awards the other night. And perhaps I’d feel differently about wanting to go into space knowing that Sandra Bullock’s character doesn’t exactly have a swell time out there. And I can’t say that I would dig having to put on so much equipment just to get out there. (That’s the one part I hate about scuba diving.) But I’m still fascinated by what it took to break through the gravitational pull and to put men on the moon. I grew up watching Star Trek and Star Wars. The Air and Space Museum in DC is my favorite of the Smithsonian museums. Chance to really be a space cadet? You bet!