WORKING IN SPACE
Once we know how to build space stations and survive on them, we can focus on reaping the benefits of space. The clear skies, lack of air, and weightless environment offer exciting work for those willing to experiment. As more people venture into space, they will discover new things to do and make there. They may design new tools and robots, new medicines or metals. They might track pollution or breed fish in air aquariums. One thing is certain, work in space will be full of surprises.
Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine editor James R. Asker climbs into a Russian space suit easily, using the “back” door.
The view of Earth during a space walk is incredible, but astronaut Kathryn Thornton was so intent on the complicated task of fixing the Hubble Space Telescope that she almost missed seeing a thousand-mile aurora shimmering over the North Pole.