• Question: Have you ever been to space?

    Asked by Ellen McDonald to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 12 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Tríona O'Connell

      Tríona O'Connell answered on 12 Nov 2014:

      I’ve been on space themed roller coasters if that counts?
      Very few people have had an opportunity to go to space, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_space_travelers_by_name reckons there’s less than 600 people who’ve had the chance

    • Photo: Colin Johnston

      Colin Johnston answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      No, sadly, l haven’t. Since 1961 less than 600 people have been in space (some of them several times).

      Apart from a few wealthy tourists, they’ve all been pilots, engineers and scientists who can meet very high standards of fitness, courage, talent and social skills. I’ve meet a few astronauts and cosmonaut and I’ve been incredibly impressed by them. You can see they are the best of the best!

    • Photo: Shikha Sharma

      Shikha Sharma answered on 15 Nov 2014:

      Hi Ellen,

      Every matter in the universe is in space. Rather entire universe is an infinite spacetime matrix. Being a part of universe our earth and as we also live in spacetime. However, our relative movement with respective to earth surface is restricted to earth surface or nearer (while flying in plane!!) to earth as we are pulled with strong gravitational force of the earth. To travel larger distance crossing gravitational pull of earth someone needs a space craft. As on date only handful people did that. I am not lucky as the one who did that. May be in near future, it would be possible for many people. 🙂