How cool is that? VERY.
Claude Nicollier, talked at LIFT11 on The reality of space.
Space. What is it?
- It is big.
- We are small.
We go into space because:
- Politics – we want to demonstrate the predominance of one nation over another
- Very useful! Communications, precise navigation, earth resources
- Science – advantages knowledge in several fields
- It brings people together
- Incredibly beautiful views
- It is really cool [Exactly the first thing I thought!].
Some observations about space and space travel from Claude as he showed some extraordinary pictures.
- It doesn’t take long to get to space – only about 8 minutes after you launch. (Quite tense minutes).
- The black sky you see in space is our view of the big bang.
- Most of the training for going into space is done underwater.
- The moment you get out of a small bus having done your training you see this:
- Claude did an 8 hour space walk in 1993 when he carried out repairs on the Hubble Telescope 600 km above the surface of the earth. His feet got very cold.
- He went into space again in 1999. You can see the reflection of the earth in his helmet.
- Hubble is an extraordinary telescope. This picture was taken over about 10 days and covers an area about 1/16th of the width of the moon.
- Sunset takes about 20 seconds…
- Egypt from space. Claude was always struck by how the Nile lit up at night while during the day the same area was dark against the light of the desert
- Claude is excited about the prospect of space travel being taken over by the private sector
- Space is an inspiration
- Space is useful
- Space is a place too discover, learn dream, put people together.
- Space brings success thought imagination, clear goal setting and focus.