Dreams always come true if . . .

Story by Dr. Surprise. Native languages Ukrainian and Russian.

GALILEO’S TELESCOPE 

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Fresco by Sala Bertini. Public domain


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FROM the very start when people could think, they started to dream. We don’t know what they dreamed about. But when they slept under the night sky, everyone felt in love with it. Maybe the ancient people believed that the sky was God and the sun and moon gave them life. Whatever they thought, the pureness and beauty of the sky gave people the reason to create something to see the night sky more closely. 

     People started to invent instruments to see the sky. When a telescope was made, it was one of the greatest inventions ever. And because of it, people started writing science fiction! They wrote about fantastic worlds on other planets and about great space travels. But everything they wrote was just fiction [not real]. Their fantastic dreams traveled into space by books. Everyone wanted to read about the dangerous beauty of this space wilderness and other far-away worlds. These books also inspired people. They wanted to see more and go higher than the surface of the earth.

     What a surprise when, three centuries after the telescope, the first rocket was launched into space! After that, a technological evolution burst into new speed. Humans came so near to outer space that they could almost touch it. But progress doesn’t stay in one place. Soon we will be sending people into deep outer space. 


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NASA. Public domain


     Today I want to tell you about a new spacecraft. It is called Orion. It is NASA’s new spacecraft which was designed and built in the past 2 years. It is different from other spacecrafts. It will fly farther than the old ones and it will provide a safe return from space. In fact, it will fly 15 times higher than the International Space Station!

     Going higher into space is hard because when a spaceship gets past a certain distance, the pull of gravity from earth is less and other things in space start to affect it.  So it’s hard to get a spaceship back. Coming back is always harder than going.

     Orion’s first test flight (without people) will be December 4, 2014. It will be carried into space by a Delta IV heavy rocket. It will make five circles around earth. After this it will come back to earth. When Orion reenters earth’s atmosphere [75 miles above earth] it will be traveling 20,000 miles per hour. But to land on earth [in the ocean] it will have to be slowed to 175 miles per hour. This will be done in stages [steps] and with parachutes. The first flight with a crew will happen somewhere between 2015-2016. 

     Space is still so little explored. Who knows what we’ll see when we fly farther from our Earth! But just think, we went from looking at the stars to discovering space just by dreaming. Dreams always come true . . . if you believe in them. 

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