International Space Station marks 10 years of human occupation.
"The crew of the International Space Station marked the 10th anniversary of continuous human occupation of the orbiting science laboratory with a typical workday, pausing only briefly for a chat with NASA chief Charles Bolden and questions from international reporters."
"Since the first module, the Russian-built Zarya, launched on November 20, 1998, 103 vehicles have traveled to the station, bringing 196 people to visit or live long-term and conduct science experiments and other work, according to NASA. The station has traveled more than 1.5 billion miles -- the equivalent of eight round trips to the Sun. Human habitation of the station began in 2000."
"On Oct. 25, the station also set a record for being the longest continuously inhabited spacecraft. On that day, the International Space Station eclipsed the previous record of 3,644 days set by the Russian Mir Space Station. With each new day, NASA and its partners are pushing the envelope of human achievement in space into uncharted territory."
It never ceases to turn me into a thrilled, gleeful child whenever I see images taken from the ISS or read stories about it. The possibilities that arise, the wonderful humbling expanse of space, move me. There are very few positions I admire more than that of an astronaut.
The dangers involved, the time taken to train compared to the time spent doing what you've trained for, the lack of notoriety--your only chance of making the news is if you go down in a ball of flames--, all to be able to see the world without having a foot on it. Space is a magnificent mystery and for ten years humanity has had people living out in that unknown. I say, "Well done."