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To the moon and back: everyone loves stories from space

By  Sarah Emler | Sep 26, 2018

October 4 2018 is the date NASA astronauts will return to Earth from the International Space Station. To mark the impending voyage, we take a look at a recent space exploration of the Earth’s surface. 

On September 15, the ICEsat2 rocket was sent into space to orbit the world. Its mission is to measure the elevation of Earth’s surface. Over thousands of people watched the launch live on NASA’s official Facebook page. Greetings like “Hello from Australia,” “Watching from Spain,” and “Hi from Azerbaijan” filled the comment section below. A magnificent feeling, as if the whole world was watching, waiting for the countdown.

When I grow up, I want to become an Astronaut

Everybody from young to old, no matter the nationality, likes space. Throughout history, people have looked up into the sky to orientate themselves or invent stories. Magical video and pictures of space are highly sought after. At the same time, this footage is rare –– which makes it so special.

Space events attract millions of viewers

Watching the launch of a rocket is impressive, yet nothing compared to the solar eclipse on August 21 last year. According to NASA, it is their social media highlight so far –– over 40 million viewed the live video on multiple platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, and Twitch.

Even David Bowie knew: Space is cool

When the countdown starts, people comment with lyrics from David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” The former astronaut Chris Hadfield even played it aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and recorded it. That video has been watched over 23 million times. Bowie gave his consent by extending the copyright agreement.

Images from space are magical, a child’s dream come true. Why not cover the next events by NASA? On October 11, Astronaut Nick Hague of NASA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will liftoff to the ISS.