I’ve always enjoyed the photos that astronauts have tweeted from space, and I’m especially enjoying Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s tweets because I’ve met him, talked to him about being in space, and now, there he is. It’s great to see him enjoying the experience of being on the International Space Station and I know that he’ll send us some great shots from up there. I know I’m not the only one who enjoys these photos from space.
@NASA The astros have been sending us lovely photos of Earth from above, perhaps an opp for us to send them something from ground level..
What a brilliant idea. I’ve spoken to a few astronauts and I’ve heard a few of them say that although it is great seeing the world from an entirely different viewpoint, there are things that they miss about being on Earth. Perhaps we could help? Perhaps we could create our own little collection of pictures to send to them.
They wouldn’t have to all be fancy shots. I think mundane things like the cover of a local newspaper, fruit and veg at the supermarket, postboxes etc would work well. The sort of everyday things that you don’t get in space.And wouldn’t it be nice, if we could get some people on Earth thinking about what it is like to be in space? To realise that there are people up there, living on the space station? I think that spaceflight is inherently awesome and incredibly exciting, but people seem to take it somewhat for granted these days. If we could find a way to personalise it, to make it more real, then perhaps we could engage a whole new set of space enthusiasts? It’s just a thought..
I got thinking about how we could make this happen. First stop is a Flickr group, which I’ve just set up, second step is a blog post to let you know about the idea (ta-da!), and then perhaps we could run a competition and choose the best picture each week/month to send them a link to. (I told Paolo Nespoli that I would be his penfriend while he was in space, so I could include the links in my emails I guess.)
Maybe, just maybe, we could get NASA/ESA/JAXA/Roscosmos on board with the project and let the winners send a physical postcard up to the ISS on one of the missions or supply ships that is heading that way. Maybe SpaceX would take some up for us? What do you think?
It’s an ambitious idea, but not entirely impossible, so I reckon we should give it a go. If you’re up for sending postcards to space, help spread the word on Twitter and let’s start adding photos to the Flickr group. It would be nice if you wrote a postcard-like message in the details of the picture, and maybe link back to this post so that people understand what is going on and can join in too if they like.
Maybe the first set of ‘postcards’ could send them some Christmas greetings? Are you snowed in? Do you have a nice Christmas tree? What are your holiday traditions? Share them with the group – share them with space!
The Postcards from Earth Flickr group is here: Postcards from Earth – get cracking!
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