I love the sky, stars, moon, sun, and all the universe. Every night I speak with the stars and they speak with me. I don’t know what they tell me, but when they wink to me I think it means “Be happy and enjoy your life and be kind toward every thing.”
My dream job is to be an astronaut. It is a unique and wonderful job. It is hard work and people think that it is impossible for a woman to be an astronaut. But I want to do hard work. I want to do the work that others can’t. I want to do impossible jobs and change impossibilities to possibilities. I want to show that girls and women are not weak and they can do whatever men can.
We can get what we wish. We people think that only Earth is in the universe. We think so small. We are jealous of each other. We think how if some people were not on Earth, we’d have more places for ourselves. When we are all crowded together we don’t see each person’s value but when we separate we can see it.
I am sure that by traveling to other planets an astronaut increases her own love toward our people and our planet.
I read a passage where it was written, “When we are small, we go out of our small house.” And when we come to our small house we will say, “Oh, thanks to God I am in my home.”
When we are big and we go out of our country and we come back, we will say, “Thanks to God I am back in my home.” And when we leave our planet and then come back we will say, “Thanks to God I am back in my home.” I think if all people see Earth as our home so we could live in peace.
I love astronomy because I love sciences like physics, and also because it helps me understand the power of God and the beauties and wonders of the universe. I am not as good in mathematics and chemistry and to become an astronaut I know you have to go to the best universities and know perfect English. But I can work hard in mathematics and chemistry, practice English and go to an English-speaking university.
One of my role models is the first woman astronaut—Valentina Tereshkova from Russia. She was so brave. When she was 26 years old she went into space for three days. She was not rich and she didn’t have access to a good life and education, but she was so courageous she applied to go to space and she succeeded in being chosen from hundreds of women. I love her because she had a very big dream and achieved her goals.
She had to learn how to use rockets and a spaceship in a short time. No one, not even her mother, knew she was traveling into space until the TV and radio announced the success. Now she is 76. Her husband is an astronaut and she wants to go to Mars, even if she cannot return. She says “Space is my life.”
By Frozan T., age 16
Photo by Phil Borges.
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Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio in the year 1930. His services as a pilot were called upon during the Korean War. Shortly after graduating from Purdue University in 1955, Armstrong joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, then known as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. At the time the functions of the N.A.C. were to plan, direct, and conduct all United States aeronautical and space activities, except for those that were primarily military. Armstrong served as a civilian test pilot at Edwards Air Base in Lancaster, California. In 1962 Armstrong became the first civilian to enter the astronaut-training program.
Gemini VII Mission
In March of 1966, Armstrong completed his training and became the command pilot of the Gemini 8 mission. The crew of this mission was made up of David R. Scott and himself. In case of any emergencies with the two men before the launch, either physical or mental, a backup crew was made. The backup crew consisted of Charles Conrad Junior, and Richard Gordon Junior. The objectives of the mission were:
A. (Main) Rendezvous and dock with Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) and
conduct EVA operations.
B. (Secondary) Rendezvous and dock in the 4th revolution. Perform docked-
vehicle maneuvers, Evaluate systems and conduct 10 experiments.
The mission was set to launch on March 15, 1966. Due to minor problems with the spacecraft and launch vehicle hardware the launch was delayed one day. The launch was successful. Because of problems with the spacecraft control system, the crew was forced to undock after approximately thirty minutes. The spacecraft-target vehicle combination had begun to encounter increasing yaw and roll rates. The crew regained control of their spacecraft by using the reentry control system, which prompted and early landing in a secondary landing area in the Pacific after 10 hours, 41 minutes, and 26 seconds. No EVA was performed. An electrical short caused the failure in the control system. Docking and re-rendezvous secondary objectives were not achieved due to the shortened mission.
Apollo 11 mission
The Apollo 11 mission was funded under the Nixon administration during the heat of the space race with the Russians. The main purpose of this launch was to put a man on the moon, and successfully back down to Earth. The crew consisted of three men, two of which would walk on the moon. Edwin Aldrin Junior of the United Stated Air Force, Armstrong, and Lieutenant Colonel Michael Collins, also of the U.S. airforce made up the crew. Collins remained in the Lunar Orbit following the separation, piloting the command and service module. The Lunar Module descended to the surface of the moon on July 20, landing at the edge of Mare Tranquilitatis. A few hours later, Armstrong, in his somewhat bulky space suit, descended the latter and, at 10:56 PM (Eastern Standard Time) stepped onto the surface of the moon. His first words, which will forever go down in history were, "That's one small step for manâ¦. One giant leap for mankind." Aldrin soon joined him, and the two astronauts spent more then two hours walking on the lunar surface. They gathered 47 pounds of soil samples, took photographs, and set up solar wind equipment, a laser beam reflector, and a seismic experiment package. The two men also put up an American flag, and talked, by satellite communications, with United States President Richard Nixon in the White House. The men found that walking and running at one-sixth the gravity of Earth was not difficult. Also by satellite communication, millions of people watched live television broadcast from the moon. Returning to the Lunar Module, and taking off their space suits, the two astronauts rested several hours before takeoff. They left the moon in the ascent stage of the Lunar Module, after docking with the command and service module and the transfer of the astronauts to the spacecraft. The return flight of the Apollo 11 was without mishap and the vehicle splashed down and was recovered on July 24 in the Pacific Ocean, close to Hawaii.
Due to fears of terrestrial contamination by living lunar organisms, the astronauts put on biological isolation garments before leaving the spacecraft. They were placed under quarantine for three weeks. Both men remained in good health. The mission was completely successful. It also set the stage for future space exploration and lunar landings.
Life after Apollo 11
After his years as a pilot during the Korean War, and becoming commander of both the Gemini 8 and the Apollo 11 missions, not to mention being the first civilian to enter NASA's astronaut program, and the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong retired from the space program. In 1971 he became a professor of Aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Neil Armstrong still lives today, a very proud and accomplished man.
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