NASA astronaut Megan McArthur has skilled herself to identify nationwide parks from 250 miles above Earth and plans to return with a portfolio of spaced-out park photographs.
In a reside interview with NASA TV this morning, floating in midair on the Worldwide House Station and sporting a “Shield Our Nationwide Parks” T-shirt, McArthur described how she’s noticed and captured photos of Grand Canyon, Zion and different nationwide parks throughout the Southwest.
“I first observed Zion simply because my eyes have been drawn to the unimaginable sample that that space makes from 250 miles up,” she stated within the interview. “I took all the photographs after which tried to determine what it was and realized, ‘Oh, my God, that’s Zion from area,’ and it was completely superb.”
Some nationwide parks are large enough that they’re straightforward to identify, just like the Grand Canyon, she stated. Others she’s discovered to identify by figuring out the city areas surrounding them.
McArthur should get the photographs quick, too. The Worldwide House Station goes from New York to California in about 10 minutes and orbits across the globe in simply 90 minutes, she stated.
She hasn’t been in a position to spot many marine nationwide parks however stated she’s working together with her crew members to establish and seize them in actual time.
An avid parkgoer throughout her time on Earth, McArthur stated seeing the parks kind area brings again reminiscences of visiting them on foot, like at Yosemite and Yellowstone nationwide parks. She’s additionally gotten a glimpse of parks she hasn’t visited earlier than, which makes her need to go to them as soon as she’s again on land, she stated.
“I used to go to Yosemite on a regular basis with my dad and mom rising up,” she stated. “I went to Grand Canyon with my faculty roommates — it most actually brings all these reminiscences again.”
She added that visiting the nationwide parks can even spark curiosity in astronomy in case you simply lookup. Many parks are away from mild air pollution and concrete facilities, so evening skies within the parks are nice locations to attach with area.
“One of many reminiscences I’ve is a visit to the Canyon lands with my fellow astronauts and cosmonauts,” she stated.
“We go on these journeys to be explorers on land; everybody who explores the outside are identical to explorers of area. All of us have that in widespread — we’re explorers.”