Life Of An Astronaut: Touching The Sky In Real Life?!
We are always curious when we gaze at the sky that what super power makes it so strong and mighty?
As a child we have all been fascinated to see the firecracker rocket go up.
Let us have a peek- a -boo in the life of an Astronaut who have actually made the rocket go up and touched the sky in real. Leroy Chiao (born August 28, 1960) is a Chinese-American engineer, former NASA astronaut, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and engineering consultant.
Chiao flew on three Space Shuttle flights, and was the commander of Expedition 10, where he lived on board the International Space Station from October 13, 2004 to April 24, 2005.
He is also a co-author and researcher for the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity project
He had wanted to be an astronaut from a young age. Growing up in the 1960s, he can't remember a time when he wasn't fascinated by airplanes and rockets.
He followed the early missions when he was old enough to understand space exploration, but it was the Apollo 11 moon landing that captured his imagination and started his dream of becoming an astronaut hismself.
He remember looking at the moon as an 8-year-old and marveling that there were two astronauts in a lander on the surface, getting ready to go out and actually walk. That settled it for him: he knew he was going to at least try to becohiman astronaut.
Studying engineering was natural for me; he was always interested in technology and building things. As a university sophomore, he signed up for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) intending to becohima fighter pilot and, hopefully, an astronaut. Just a few months in, however, he discovered that his left eye had slipped a bit from 20/20. His military pilot plans were dashed. He had not yet reached the point of becoming a contract cadet, so he was able to leave AFROTC, but it was disappointing, to say the least. He did go on to be a pilot, and have been flying airplanes now for almost 33 years.
Just a year later, the Space Shuttle Columbia made its maiden flight.
He watched the television intently as Columbia executed a perfect landing in the Mojave Desert. The space shuttle program re-opened the gates for me, since NASA had begun to select more civilian scientists and engineers as astronauts. He was back in the game! After earning his university degrees and working for a few years, he wrote to NASA to request an application package. Seven months later, after he applied, he received a call inviting himto Houston to interview. That itself was thrilling; it meant that he was one of the 100 or so who would be interviewed, chosen from several thousand applicants. Several months afterward, he received that life-changing phone call, and reported for duty just six months later.