When I was a child I wanted to be an astronaut
The life of a child was never meant to be spent sitting on a bus in a space suit and waiting for the lights to go out.
But for some, it was.
And it was for the most part.
In the 1960s and 70s, the space age saw an unprecedented rise in interest in spaceflight, and the United States entered the space race in the late 1950s.
By the late 1960s, there were more than 50 countries in space, and in the early 1970s, NASA launched the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.
But the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and other international organizations, had already launched space missions by the early 1960s.
The United States had already taken the lead in sending astronauts to the Moon, and by the late 1970s it was clear that it was ready to step up its game.
NASA had launched the Gemini program, which included a lunar lander and a crewed probe.
The Apollo program would go on to lead the way to the first successful human spaceflight.
In addition to sending astronauts into space, NASA also launched a handful of unmanned spacecraft into space.
And by the mid-1980s, more than half of the world’s countries had commercial space programs.
The International Space Station was the last manned spacecraft to enter orbit, in 1989.
“As an adult, I remember a sense of wonder, a sense that we had reached the limits of our imagination,” said Robert McNamara, the former head of the U.S. Strategic Command and former director of NASA.
“When I first started to learn about the space program, I was amazed.
There was no way that this could be possible.”
But, in the 1990s, that sense of adventure was replaced with something even more distant: uncertainty.
There was no guarantee that we’d succeed.
The Russians were sending their own probes into space before the United Kingdom even entered the race, and there was no sign that China would ever join.
The Soviets were building their own space stations and building their space programs with very limited resources.
At the same time, the United Nation was trying to push the envelope of what spaceflight could be and the way it should be done.
And even though there were signs that the United states were moving toward space exploration, NASA and the U-2 spy plane were still far behind.
In 1996, NASA sent a team of astronauts to space.
“This is a time when we must make the most of what we have and not be distracted by what is not there,” said Mark Kelly, who was NASA’s associate administrator for human space flight.
And that is exactly what Kelly and other top leaders at NASA, the UNAVCO and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) did.
In 1998, Kelly led a team to fly the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Port in Texas.
The mission was an enormous undertaking: the first time in history that humans had sent humans into space and landed them on a remote outpost in orbit.
Kelly and other senior officials at NASA spent more than two decades planning the flight, building a crew of astronauts, preparing for the flight and testing equipment and spacecraft on board.
The astronauts took part in extensive training and were trained to survive the harsh conditions of spaceflight: “When you are going into space you are not going to survive,” Kelly said at the time.
It was not an easy ride, as Kelly and others were constantly exposed to the elements.
The astronauts had to wear breathing masks, and they spent much of the time on the ground in cramped quarters, wearing oxygen masks and having to use their hands to get to and from their spacecraft.
They also had to keep their eyes open to make sure they did not lose contact with Earth.
“We were really concerned about what was going to happen when the shuttle got there,” Kelly recalled.
During the mission, the crewmembers experienced “a lot of the same things we have experienced all our lives in space,” he said.
But the crew members experienced more than just the same risks: The shuttle astronauts also experienced many different types of health issues.
The crewmembers were subjected to a lot of stress during their mission, as they were expected to live up to NASA’s strict training standards, Kelly said.
And the crew suffered from long-term fatigue and headaches.
After the mission ended, NASA returned the crew to Earth and began an effort to return the space station to the surface of the moon.
After the crew had returned to Earth, NASA officials had the station back in the same position it had been when it first returned to earth.
On May 20, 2020, the first crewed spaceflight ever took place in orbit, when the Space Shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and touched down on the moon on the morning of May 24.
By the end of the flight that day