Space, the final frontier, the world of dreams. But in reality, it is a place of danger and sometimes tragedy. This time, the dramatic story is told by British astronaut Tim Peake in his book. Space: A human storyThese images are taken from there.
It’s the roller-coaster experience and the “absurd ordinariness of what we try to think our work should be: ordinary people doing extraordinary work.” It’s about that, says Peake, who is currently an ambassador for the European Space Agency.
The main image features perhaps the greatest feat ever: the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. This is not the iconic shot of Neil Armstrong’s first steps, but a more candid photo (taken by Armstrong) of Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. surface.
Four days ago, the Apollo 11 mission departed for the moon. A striking image of the launch is shown above. The photo below shows Ed White performing an extravehicular activity during the Gemini 4 mission in June 1965. At the time, Ed White was suspended approximately 150 kilometers above the Earth.
White and astronauts Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffe were to be part of the crew of the Apollo 1 mission (its predecessor). Apollo 11 was scheduled to be launched into Earth orbit in February 1967). The image below shows what it looks like during capsule training. Tragically, a fire broke out during testing on January 27, 1967, killing all three men.
Looking to the future, Peake said: As an ISS [International Space Station] As I approach retirement, I felt it was the perfect time to keep everything up to date. ”