5,200 Days in Space – The Atlantic

An exploration of life aboard the International Space Station, and the surprising reasons the mission is still worthwhile

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.

Source: 5,200 Days in Space – The Atlantic


It is painfully slow progress in real time, but progress is progress nonetheless and a hundred years from now I’d bet few people will know our space progress ever felt slower.