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5,200 Days in Space

Great piece by Charles Fishman for The Atlantic on the International Space Station:

It’s a little strange when you think about it: Just about every American ninth-grader has never lived a moment without astronauts soaring overhead, living in space. But chances are, most ninth-graders don’t know the name of a single active astronaut — many don’t even know that Americans are up there. We’ve got a permanent space colony, inaugurated a year before the setting of the iconic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a stunning achievement, and it’s completely ignored.

(Via Michele Seiler at Coudal.)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015