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I and a lot of other astronauts just came back from the moon. It was actually a mission to return to the moon, to establish a permanent base on the moon. And that mission was successful!
I was on the Probe Team. I was responsible for making a probe, to launch it into space, and make sure that the probe was all built correctly. (A probe is a data collecting device which explores the moon’s surface.) When I was in spacecraft I had to go into a room. There was a cabinet which had all the parts to the probe and there was a bigger cabinet which held the probe. You would have to pull the cabinet open and pull out the probe.
I collected a lot of information during this mission. I learned all the probe parts, their names, and where to put them. I found out a lot of interesting things.
What I found the most difficult in my job was building the probe. When you mess up you usually have done something wrong in the beginning and that means you would have to start all over again.
If I had a chance to fly again, I think I would do my job a little faster than I did this time. I found out that I needed to get the probe built quickly, and I was taking my time.
I thought the mission was fun. I think future Mission Specialists need to know that’s it’s a lot of work. And if you’re in space on the mission you can’t see Mission Control; they’re all the way down in Houston, Texas. The only way you can communicate with Mission Control is by your computer and a satellite radio.
Article posted March 9, 2009 at 09:27 AM •
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