Everybody needs a goal in life, researches and technicians are no exception. Without a challenging long-term goal to work towards some of the enthusiasm in organisations like NASA could disintegrate. President George Busch set out to get some of that enthusiasm back in space research when he launched the “Vision for Space Exploration” in January 2004. So, what new goals lie ahead for the American researchers and technicians?
The Constellation Programme is created in order to fulfil former President’s Bush’s mission. It is designed to put people on the moon again, hopefully to Mars too, much like Kennedy’s vision for the first missions to the moon.
No astronaut has been back since Apollo 17 in December 1972, but according to the new “Vision for Space Exploration” , that is about to change in a re-visit to the moon in 2020. This time, the general idea is to begin a more permanent colonisation of our closest neighbour in space. However, before the next humans set foot on the moon again, further investigations are necessary, and the first steps will be taken very shortly.
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The presentation of a new ski jumping hill, Holmenkollen, in Oslo, ready for World Championship in 2011, reminds us of all of the light pollution that prevents even greater parts of the population from seeing a clear sky with all the stellar constellations generations before us have seen.
In honour of the Swedish scientist Celsius, as well as celebrating the first Swede in space, the mission was named Mission Celsius, and its main tasks was to bring more construction parts to the International Space Station, put them together, and exchange some parts of the already assembled station. In addition, they set out to carry out some scientific experiments and replace one of the crew at the station.
It should have happened ages ago, but in the beginning of December Christer Fuglesang was the first astronaut from the Nordic countries. With a solid theoretical basis, in addition to training and preparation for the mission the past fifteen years, it is a very well prepared astronaut that enters into space.
Anders Celsius lived in the period of 1701-1744 and was one of a large number of scientists originating from Ovanåker in the province of Hälsingland. The family name is a Latinised version of the name of the vicarage (Högen).