I’ve spent the last four months travelling to the space station, learning about space exploration and taking part in one of the biggest engineering feats of our time.
Now that I’ve finally left the confines of the Earth, I’ve come to the conclusion that the greatest challenge of my life is learning how to travel back to the Earth and make a second trip.
When I began to look at the future of travel I began thinking about the potential of our civilisation to survive the coming climate change and the extinction of species.
It’s a journey that has already started, but it’s a very different journey than I imagined.
As I’ve travelled across the solar system, I can say with absolute certainty that I have a greater sense of awe for this planet than I did even when I was a child.
The world is different now.
I see a planet full of plants and animals, water, and life forms that I’d never seen before.
I feel the beauty of this planet in my bones.
These days, I don’t have the luxury of simply travelling in my head.
I need to step outside of it and look at it from a different perspective.
While the moon is an iconic object for us to look back on, it’s not the only place that we can see the stars.
The sun is also an object that can inspire awe, especially if it’s in the constellation Aquarius.
This view of the sun is one of many I’ve been given through the years.
I’m not the first person to see it, but I’m one of those lucky people who has been given this rare opportunity.
For a long time, I was looking at the sun as a dark star.
“I want to see the sun again.
I want to make it a part of my day.”
For many of us, the sun has been a source of awe.
For me, the moon has been the other great source of this awe.
If we look at our solar system through the lens of the moon, we can easily understand why this view of a solar system has inspired awe for so many.
In the early days of our species, our bodies were designed to be able to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure, as well as long periods of darkness and darkness.
We were able to adapt by having the ability to regulate our internal clocks, as we would have to do for all of our other bodily functions.
All of these things were necessary for our survival in the early universe.
Our bodies were also designed to work together to help us survive, and this is what has made our species one of our greatest strengths.
From the time we emerged from the Earth’s atmosphere, we’ve evolved to be highly adaptable.
Even if our ancestors didn’t have a solar panel to make their own clothing, they were able the ability of our bodies to do the work that it takes to survive and thrive.
So I am a huge believer that the sun, moon, and stars are all the signs of life that have shaped our evolution, even if our species is still quite a ways away from being able to create them.
Looking back on my travels I can see how lucky I was to be a part in such an amazing event.
To be able look back and appreciate the sights and sounds of our home planet from a completely different perspective, and then to be the first to experience this incredible experience on our home soil was truly a dream come true.
This article is part of a series exploring the potentials of space exploration in the 21st century.
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