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Adventure Is Out There


 

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My boyfriend and I share this unquenchable thirst for adventure and thrilling experiences – even though we didn’t go venturing into the jungle, this was an experience I feel everyone should encounter. Last night my boyfriend and I watched the International Space Station cross the evening sky, it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve shared with him to date. I love the patience he has for me, while I ask a hundred questions and call him the king of all dorks, he just smiles back and shows me the hidden wonders in this world that many of us go through life not seeing.

As a child, my parents would yank us out the house to see eclipses, planets, moons and just about anything they found interesting. First few times it was fun but I never really appreciated the activity as much until now… Now I understand how truly awesome it is to see Mars so clearly in the sky, considering that the closest distance Mars has been to the Earth is 56 million km – let’s just take that in – fifty-six million kilometers; and that being the closest distance ever recorded (which was in 2003).

So what made last night so magical? It all started of with my boyfriend taking me outside and showing me the Moon and Mars in it’s bold wonder, then Antares, heart of the Scorpion (Shaula) which always makes me think of my mother (she’s a Scorpio). Then Saturn not too far below the Moon and Mercury so close to the horizon. They were so much bolder and brighter than the stars normally are at night. The sky seemed so much brighter.

 

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Photo Credit: Johannesburg Planetarium

 

He went on to tell me that the international space station (ISS) would be visible in a few minutes. We squabbled around with his compass app and to the most open area in the back yard to see it. It came into sight and something about it just stirred up so much excitement in me. It passed just below Saturn and as it passed ‘over us’ my boyfriend held me and kissed me. Hashtag: Kissed underneath the ISS or #KISS. LOL I’m a sappy dork but I just loved it. We watched it disappear into the horizon; and every part of me so thrilled that I got to share this moment with him. It’s weird, how small adventures (even in your back yard) remind you of how wonderful life is and how great our world is. I didn’t know much about the ISS, other than it was orbiting the earth. The ISS was launched in 1998 and is a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit fully crewed with six people. It serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments; and is suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars. It’s a little bit more than just some metal thing cruising around in space. The ISS maintains an orbit with an altitude of between 330 km and 435 km; and it travels at 27,600 km per hour – can you image that speed? That’s insane! It’s not like it zoomed pass our eyes last night either, it was a smooth glide across the evening sky. I like to think of it as these six guys being so much closer to home – even though it technically wasn’t.

 

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International Space Station – Photo Credit: Wiki

 

You can go to http://spotthestation.nasa.gov to find dates and times to when the ISS will be visible in your area. Definitely a must see experience!

 

Life is the most amazing adventure if you chose to live it that way

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