The Limitless Space of the Space
"The only home we will ever have is our Mother Earth", Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut said at the session on 'A space in the sun: When sky is no longer the limit' at the SPACES Fest held at Kanakakunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram.
In a conversation with the V.P. Balagangadharan, Sharma also pointed out the critical crisis of the Amazon forest fires and the dire need to retrieve our real home- the Earth. Because despite what we talk about settling on other planets or space in the future nowhere are we as free to live as we do on earth.
Though humans were not created with the ability to fly, the activity of flying has become common. It has become a cultivated interest. If space travel was done earlier to earn some brownie points, today it is more of a study done to explore and excavate what seemed beyond our reach.
The wing commander who had survived eight days in space said that gravity is the main factor of difference of living on Earth and space. Our bodies that have adapted itself to the conditions on the Earth takes time to adjust itself to the conditions on space. And yet the space is always a huge 'space of interest' for humans. Space tourism today has reached to the growth point and opened a business model to the world. Careers are going to open up in civil aviation where both the governmentt and private companies are going to sponsor space travel.
He also emphasized on the rapid growth of space technology across the world. In short, What was once a science fiction is a reality today!
The session concluded with an interactive session with the audience.