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ISS DOWNLINK WINNER: STEVEN IRVING

Dec 22, 2010

Evergreen Museum

Steven Irving is a 4th grader at Memorial Elementary in McMinnville, Ore. He submitted the following entry to the Museum’s ISS Downlink contest in order to win a seat at the question and answer session with astronauts on Jan. 19.

The Big Moment of Blast-Off

 I was so happy I was one of the few kids out of the entire U.S.A. to go on this perilous journey to the International Space Station. I went through the two whole years of training underwater and in a space shuttle simulator for many hours at a time. It was all up to this moment in my life.

 I knew I was a very lucky Kid! I also knew me, and the five other kids were the first kids launched into orbit. Then, I heard the man from Mission Control say, “ten, nine, eight” …so I got ready for the biggest moment in my life. I was set and ready for ignition. I was all strapped in, and I was so excited! And Mission Control continued, “seven, six, five four…” I gave one last wave to my family and friends on the video screen.

 I was all pumped up about microgravity instead of normal gravity, because that meant I got to float through the air. I was also grateful that we had oxygen tanks. I had a lot running through my mind. I just could not wait to see what it looked like in outer space! “Three, two, one, zero, ignition!” I felt the jolt of blast-off. I was thinking I witnessed at least 2 G’s! I saw everything whiz by me.

 When we finally got to the International Space Station, I looked back to where I was just a couple of hours ago. I thought I was Oregon, but I wasn’t positive. I could even see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia!

 On the Second week, I was pretty tired because I only got about 6-8 hours of sleep a day. I also missed my friends and family down on Earth. But I started making friends with the five other kids President Obama let NASA take on this wonderful journey to the International Space Station!

Dedicated: to the hard working NASA astronauts at the International Space Station.

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Comment's author: pitmeehra03/29/07 05:15:00 PM首先如果想要認真討論這個問題的話
請先定義 現代人類面對的環境
誠然有不少現代人還生活在非洲大草原
但是顯然他們並沒有面對到
肥胖心臟病高血壓糖尿病痛風等等的問題
對於他們而言 努力堆積脂肪蛋白質等等慾望本能
既沒有失效 同時也是確實發揮演化上預期的作用

對於我們這些生活在都市叢林的人而言
這些慾望依然存在 也沒有改變
哪裡有 失效 只不過環境變了 導致過猶不及的反效果

我承認我一個人活在肯亞草原肯定完蛋
但是幾百萬年來 也從來沒有哪種人/類人猿
是 單獨 活在野外的
依賴群體與文化教育 本來就是人類的演化之道
如果把我丟在部落裡 我想我應該學得會生活

但是反過來說 難道現代人沒有受到演化的驅力嗎
我想未必 其實水泥叢林裡也不好混呀
而水泥叢林的生存條件確實與以往不同
所以我們才能活下來佔據不錯的位置
可是偏偏我們這種卻不是性擇中佔優勢的
所以才會出現這麼多高學歷高收入
但是在生物最重要的生殖卻吃鱉的宅男這種矛盾的產物

如果我google一下 就會有美女送到我面前
我可能比較高興點 .



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