On Wednesday, October 5th, VBS1 and 2 went to meet two real life astronauts, Japanese engineer Soichi Noguchi and space tourist Richard Garriott. To celebrate 25 years of Austrian involvement in the space program, hundreds of astronauts met at a convention in Vienna and some children were invited to meet them.

We saw lots of pictures of Earth taken from space. Especially interesting were the ones clearly showing humankind’s impact on nature. Richard also explained that by the time we’re grown up, many more space tourists will have the opportunity to travel into outer space. Soichi showed us a video of his time on the International Space Station and we saw him performing experiments, fixing the robot arm, putting on his space suit, exercising, eating, partying and even doing synchronised space ‘swimming’ with his fellow crew members.

At the end there was lots of time for questions and we learned things like the scariest thing about going to space is the elevator ride in the rocket, the sun comes up 16 times a day on the ISS and the food isn’t great even though you get to plan your own menu.

Speaking of food, we got to taste space ice cream too! It was a really amazing day.

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