– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Today’s technology is amazing! If you missed the September 25 launch of the Expedition 41 Crew, you can watch a replay of it on You Tube. I really enjoyed seeing pictures of the astronauts as they headed off to the International Space Station where they will spend the next five and a half months!
The crew members include Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA. Wilmore has a wife and two young daughters.
William Harwood wrote in his article called Soyuz blasts off with three bound for space station: “Asked how his family would cope with the long absence, Wilmore said his wife, Deanna, and his two daughters, 7 and 10, were well-prepared. NASA has even loaned an iPad to the family for weekly video conferences from orbit.”
Although you and I won’t have weekly video conferences with Wilmore, we can help our kids and grandkids experience the wonder of travel in space. We can watch the video of Expedition 41’s launch with children we love and tell them about our memories of other space launches.
If you are like me and have some long-distance grandkids, you may want to talk with them on the phone while you and the kids watch the online replay of yesterday’s launch. And then ask them to imagine what they think it would be like to be an astronaut.
And check out NASA’s website (www.nasa.gov). The NASA kids club currently has pictures and more info about the Expedition 41 crew.
How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to learn about space?
Copyright © 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Photo courtesy of NASA.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.