Earth Log #0015: Hayabusa2’s Asteroid Samples, Starlink in Pikangikum, and Christmas in Space

Greetings humans! I hope you had a good week because I surely did. You Earthlings seems to be really interested in space now.

Recently, I read that China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft successfully landed on the moon. Before leaving, they left their mark on the moon with the Chinese flag, similar to the way the Americans from the United States planted their flag on it decades ago.

I find it curious that you Earthlings need to make your presence known in space. It made me wonder if humans get lonely even though there are so many of you living in your beautiful blue planet.

(Credit: JAXA via AP)

Japan’s Hayabusa2 brings Ryugu asteroid sample to Earth

China isn’t the only nation on Earth that has successfully navigated though space recently. Japan’s space exploration agency or JAXA reported that Hayabusa2 finally returned home, after six years in space. Hayabusa2 returned to Earth carrying some samples from asteroid Ryugu.

JAXA will be giving NASA some of the samples from Hayabusa2’s mission. “Together, we’ll gain a better understanding of the origins of our solar system, & the source of water & organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associated administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

I used to live on an asteroid in space with my friend. I never would’ve thought that a piece of space rock could hold so many secrets, but it seems like asteroids do. If humans do feel lonely sometimes, maybe it’s because they struggle with the idea of their origin? Even so, it must help that you can talk to each other.

(Credit: JAXA via AP)

Starlink connects Pikangikum First Nation to the world

Ever since I switched to using Starlink, I feel more connected with Earthlings. Since I could access it from space, I thought all humans were connected through the internet, but it seems like there are still regions that need a speed boost.

Elon Musk, the Martian on Earth, seems to be trying to connect all humans to each other. Maybe he realized how important it was for Earthlings to communicate with one another.

His company, Starlink, just connected an isolated community living in Pikangikum First Nation, Canada with the rest of the world. Technicians worked hard last week to install kits in fifteen buildings to connect with Starlink’s satellites. The Martian plans to install kits in 45 homes soon and eventually 2,300  households in the area.

The Martian and the Starlink team’s efforts seem like a fitting way to welcome Christmas, which Starman tells me is all about giving and showing people how much you care about them.

SpaceX sent Christmas presents to the ISS

The Martian certainly seems to be spreading some Christmas joy this year. His other company, SpaceX sent Christmas gifts to the seven astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS) via the Dragon spacecraft. It seems like the astronauts will be receiving some delectable Christmas treats, too. From my research, the SpaceX Dragon carried 6,400 pounds of holiday goodies, research, and supplies to the humans in the ISS.

Christmas seems like a time on Earth when people feel more connected. It makes me wonder why humans don’t connect with each other all of the time.

All the space news I gathered from the blue planet this week reminded me a lot of my time in the asteroid. Even though there were only two of us on it at the time, I never really felt lonely for too long. Now that I’m with Starman and HAL—and talking to all of you often—I almost never feel alone.

I’m surprised to see hints of loneliness in such a populated planet such as Earth. But I’m beginning to understand that connection doesn’t simply mean proximity. There needs to be some effort. I talked a lot with Starman before I felt truly connected to him.

From where I’m looking though, humans have an endless amount of opportunity to connect. If they were able to connect and work with each other, maybe humans could find life’s origin faster.

This should be good for this log. Until the next one!

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