木曜日は、マリーのはてな日記/Marie the Scientist
How Can I Become an Astronaut?」
How Can I Become an Astronaut?
You won’t believe this.
Today, the famous astronaut, Yamazaki Naoko, came to our school.
She went to space in 2010 in the space shuttle, Discovery.
I want to talk to you about space today.”
“May I ask you something first?
Why did you want to become an astronaut?”
“Since I was in an elementary school student.
I loved thinking about the universe.
There are so many things we don’t know about it, so I wanted to know more.”
“I’m interested in space, too.
How can I become an astronaut?”
“You have to have stamina.”
“Why is that?”
“Well, the astronauts’ clothes are heavy.
My spacesuit was 41 kilograms.
When you work outside of the spaceship, you need a special suit and it weighs 120 kilograms.
You need stamina to work long hours in such a heavy suit.”
“My turn, Haruto.
Hello, I’m Marie.
What was your favorite memory in space?”
“Seeing our planet earth.
It was blue and shining.
I thought earth is alive.”
“Wow, I want to see it someday.
And before you went to space, what kind of training did you do?”
“My favorite training was to experience zero gravity.
When you are on earth, gravity pulls everything to the ground.
But in space, there is no gravity.
So everything floats.”
“I’ve seen that on TV before.”
“We rode in an airplane and went down very quickly to experience zero gravity.”
“It sounds like a roller coaster at an amusement park.”
“It was a lof fun.
The most difficult training for me was the survival training.”
“What did you do?”
“When we come back to earth, we may fall in the sea or land on snow.
So we trained in a forest in Russia in winter.
We were outside for three days.
It was very challenging.”
“What do you eat in space?”
“Space food is getting better and better these days.
We have curry with rice, ramen, and even French food.”
“That’s good to know.
I like eating.”
Will I be able to travel to space someday?”
“I think you will be able to go there in ten to twenty years.”
“One of my dreams is that space travel will become popular.
And maybe we will be able to live on other planets.”
“It was a wonderful experience for us to meet Ms. Yamazaki.
Where do I want to visit first?
The moon? Mars? Venus?
Ah, I can’t decide.”