One of the wonderful things about space exploration and astronomy is how it brings people together across cultures, countries and even languages. Almost all of the current planetary missions — Phoenix, Cassini, and Dawn, for example — are collaborative efforts between scientists and space agencies around the world. And all of our explorations, whether it be through spacecraft or telescopes embody the best of all of humanity: our creativity, our technological advances, our driving curiosity and spirit of perseverance. Furthermore, these explorations excite and inspire us, and also bring us together, providing a common bond. A friend that’s involved with the Chandrayaan mission, (JPL and ISRO working together) that’s now working its way to the Moon, sent me a link to a home video showing Chandrayaan’s launch. You don’t have to speak the language of India to understand how absolutely excited these people were to see their own country’s spacecraft rocket to space. See the video below:
You can’t help but cheer along with the people in the video. We can all cheer, and whoop and holler in excitement in the same language; no translations needed. Congrats to India and all the countries involved in the Chandrayaan mission. Woo hoo! and Yippee!!