NASA has released an incredible video that sums up entire 2016 year and how it went for the space exploration. The video titled ‘Space to Ground: 2016 year in review’ journey of the US space agency and flashbacks major events of the year.
Host Dan Huot starts off with US astronaut Scott Kelly who returned to Earth in March after spending a complete year on the International Space Station (ISS). He was subject of a program called “Year in Space” in which scientists studied the effect of microgravity on health of an astronaut.
Huot then moved on to talk about Journey to Mars mission where astronauts will live on the Red Planet. This year scientists found success in developing BEAM which is an expandable space habitat necessary to take humans to Mars.
Another major mission of 2016 was examining meteor from ISS to protect Earth from future collisions. Studying space rocks and how they burn in air will give better insight of their composition and behaviour. Also, NASA’s Kate Rubins sequenced the DNA for the first time in space which was a remarkable feat.
The video also features tons of space launches that took place in 2016.
Watch the NASA video of the day below:
NASA’s Space to Ground is your weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station.
The ISS is the largest artificial satellite present in space which serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields. The station is suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars.
International Space Station (ISS) revolves around the earth at a distance just 400 kilometers, and at a speed of at 8 km/second. In other words, it revolves around the earth 15 times in a day. Since, it revolves at such a closer distance which makes it possible for people to see it from their naked eyes.