He is the only Indian citizen and the 128th human who has traveled in space.
He dreamt of becoming a pilot at the age of six years. He used to run around all day with his hands spread out imitating the sound of vampire. He wished to fly someday. He joined the Air Force as a cadet at the age of 18 years.
He spent a total of 7 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes in space during which time he conducted experiments and also did yoga. He is infact the first man to do yoga in space. He did specially chosen yoga asanas to help him deal with space sickness.
During his space mission, he was asked by the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi as to how India looked like from space, he had replied “Saare Jahan se achcha” (the best in the world). This was a proud moment for millions of Indians.
She is an American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin to go to space.
She was very fond of reading books and flying. Right from the beginning, she was interested to reach out to the stars which she surely did.
She learnt many things like Bharatnatyam, scuba diving, flying aeroplanes, camping, parachute training and space training.
When Kalpana Chawla went for school admission, she was asked her name. At that time, she was only called by a nickname ‘Monto’. The family had shortlisted three names. When the principal asked her to choose a name for herself, she chose ‘Kalpana’.
She was one of the seven astronauts of the famous space shuttle Columbia STS 107 which unfortunately, never returned to the Earth and broke down on 1 February 2003.
She is the second woman of Indian origin to have been selected by NASA for a space mission. Her nationality is American.
Sunita is fond of running, swimming, windsurfing, snowboarding, biking and bow hunting.When she was growing up, she wanted to become a veterinarian for she loved animals.
Being a fitness freak, Sunita ran in space too. After more than four hours of running in space, she completed the space marathon.
She has spent a total of 322 days in space with two missions. She is the second on the total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut with 50 hours and 40 minutes.
We all are fascinated by ‘Space’. Aren’t we? The vastness of space is a source of amazing knowledge and has inspired mankind for ages. As the universe is constantly changing, expanding and evolving, science and our knowledge of space will also continue to change.
Here’s a quiz on Space for you all. Pick up a pencil and circle the correct option out of the three choices given. At the end, look below for the answers and see for yourself who much you know. Sounds fun? So, go for it.
1. Which is the closest planet to the Sun?
2. The nearest star to Earth, after the Sun is
a. Barnard’s star.
b. Gliese 581
c. Proxima Centauri
3. Who was the first person in space?
a. Neil Armstrong
b. Yuri Gagarin
c. Kalpana Chawla
4. What is meant by one light year?
a. The distance that light travels in one day.
b. The distance that light travels in one year.
c. The distance that light travels in one minute.
5. What is the outer layer of the atmosphere?
6. Who was the first woman to travel to space?
a. Kalpana Chawla
b. Valentina Tereshkova
c. Alexei Leonov
7. Who was the first person to walk on the moon?
a. Neil Armstrong
b. Elvis Presley
c. Rakesh Sharma
8. When astronauts are in the space shuttle, can they go out of the space shuttle?
a. No, if they do they will get sucked into the nearest black hole.
b. Yes, they can.
c. Only the commander can go out of the space shuttle.
9. Which colour does Mars appear in the night sky?
c. Pink with purple spots
10. What are Saturn’s rings made of?
a. Ice, dust and rock.
11. In which month, World Space Week is observed?
a. October ( 4th to 10th)
b. November ( 4th to 10th)
c. December ( 4th to 10th )
12. What is the theme of 2018 Space week?
a. Exploring New Worlds in space.
b. Mysterious of the Cosmos
c. Space unites the World
13. Name the coldest place in the universe
a. Boomerang Nebula
b. Constellation Virgo
c. Vostok Station
14. What has a gravitational pull so strong that even light cannot escape it?
c. Black hole
15. Which NASA space flight was the last manned mission to the moon?
a. Soyuz 11
b. Apollo 17
c. STS 107
One last, sweet delight trivia:
What flavour icecream did Baskin Robbins release in 1969 to commentate America’s landing on the moon?
1. a, 2. c, 3. b, 4. b, 5. c, 6. b, 7. a, 8. b, 9. b, 10. a, 11. a, 12. c, 13. a, 14. c, 15. b, Lunar Cheesecake