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2005.04.09

スペースシャトル打ち上げ再開

スペースシャトル「コロンビア」の事故が起きたのは2003年2月、あの当時、アメリカは同時多発テロがあったり、航空機事故があったり、悪いことばかりが重なっていました。
奇妙な角度から落下していくシャトルが描く航跡の光が破裂して散乱していくのを見て、これはなにか悪い冗談だ、と思ったものです。

あの事故から2年あまり、5月15日午後(日本時間16日早朝)、再開第1号となるシャトルの打ち上げが実行されます。
ケネディ宇宙センターから打ち上げられるスペースシャトル「ディスカバリー」には、日本人として5人目の宇宙飛行士、野口聡一さんが乗り組むことになりました。
野口さんはミッションスペシャリスト(搭乗運用技術者)として、搭乗中3回の船外活動をおこない、コロンビアの事故の原因となった耐熱タイルの修理技術を試みるそうです。

NASAの計画によると、ディスカバリーは5月15日午後(日本時間16日早朝)に土上げられ、宇宙ステーションとのドッキングを実施、宇宙には約12日間滞在、27日午前、地球に帰還する予定だそうです。


さて、よく「万里の長城」は宇宙から見える、なんて話がありますが、実際は人間が作ったあらゆる人工物は、肉眼ではシャトルから見ることはできないのだそうです。
しかし、夜になれば都市の照明のまたたきを見ることは可能です。
そこで、野口さんが子供時代を過ごした茅ヶ崎市の市長さんは考えた!
「茅ヶ崎のランドマークである烏帽子岩をライトアップして、野口さんが宇宙から見えるようにしよう!」

野口さんがシャトルで茅ヶ崎上空を通過する間は、周囲の照明を落として烏帽子岩がポツリと輝くようにする、ということですが。
烏帽子岩って、お世辞にも「島」とは言えない、まさしく岩です。
 ↓こんなの

万里の長城でさえ見えない距離から、この岩が見えるのかな?
いやいや、きっとうまくいくといいですねっ。

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桜、綺麗ですね。心を奪われます。牡丹や椿のように腐れ加減に散らないのも良かったりしますf(^^;
で、烏帽子岩。この話、使えるねぇ~!
あれが島なんだから烏帽子島です。間違ってないと思う。多分(笑)大爆笑でした。

投稿: 53n | 2005.04.10 02:06

>53nさん
おう!さすが天文少年ですね~~。
烏帽子岩の話、かなりナイスですよね~。
飛行士の野口さんも、烏帽子岩が見えたら
シャトルから手を振ってくれるそうです(笑)。

これが成功したら、シャトルがあがるたびに
飛行士の地元をライトアップするのが流行りそうですね(笑)。

やっぱり桜は日本人の心を揺さぶりますよね~。
普段は景色なんか気に留めないような人でも
桜を見るとみーんな顔がほころんでいますもん。

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