Friday, September 27, 2013

Indidoll Taara at NASA Ames Research Center, CA

Hello friends,

I am Indidoll Taara. I want to be an astronaut when I grow up. So I went to NASA Ames museum near Ames Research Center to know more about all the people that work in the background and preparation that goes into taking an astronaut into space.

Ames Research Center is located near San Fancisco, California, USA.

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Taara near Kalpana Chawla exhibit
My inspiration, Kalpana Chawla worked at Ames Research Center. Her medals, astronaut dress and pictures are displayed at the museum.

Astronaut food

Because astronauts don't have ability to go to the grocery store too often, food in space has to last a long time. Dehydration and special sealing techniques are used to preserve food so that it is non-perishable, light-weight, and still appetizing. This is one of the many research projects done at Ames Research Center. Astronauts have to exercise up to 2 hours per day to keep their muscles and bones healthy. Weight lifting isn't very helpful in space so they must rely on cardio and resistance training to stay in shape. Their exercise equipment on-board International Space Station is designed at Ames Research Center.

Experiments like effect of having no gravity on plants and tadpoles that are born in space are setup and sent aboard space missions.

Future astronaut suite

Research in design of next generation space suites for astronauts Is also done at this center.

Taara with NASA astronaut

Kepler mission is to search for habitable planets where future generations can potentially go and settle. The idea is to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.

Taara floating in International Space Station

ISRO Space Girls
In India, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and it's commercial arm - Antrix develop similar space technologies.

There are a number of women in ISRO who are working in space research and development. All women team of Project Director, Mission Director and Operations Director, T K Anuradha, Pramoda Hegde and Anuradha Prakash, was responsible for launch of GSAT-12 satellite.

To join ISRO, you have to be good at math and science. When you grow up, you can be a part of research team working on cool technologies and experiments. You can also become a pilot and then train as an astronaut.

ISRO's is preparing for a first manned mission after a decade. We can expect a woman to be one of the two astronauts in that mission.

I am ready to lift off. Are you?

Hope you enjoyed reading about my latest adventure. I would love to hear back from you.

Your friend,