Astronauts on Instagram ask people to share #WhySpaceMatters
The International Space Station is on a mission, but maybe not the kind of mission that you'd think of -- they're asking people to share photos on Instagram with #WhySpaceMatters.
The initiative aims to "highlight the role of space for sustainable development," and is being run in cooperation with NASA and astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently on a one year mission in space. When he completes his mission, Kelly will have set a "single-mission record" among U.S. astronauts.
Since the competition kicked off, people across Instagram have been sharing why the other space world matters to them. See some of the submissions below.
Space matters in innovation, bcs it affects outcome. The physical environment people are in influences how people feel, how people think and how people interact. The exploration of space is also an engine for creation. It spurs technological innovation that enhances daily life, from advances in aviation, to medical devices that help save lives. It is also a key to inspire an entire generation of students to pursue math, tech and science careers in order to create a better, smart, and precious generation. For me, the universe is one of the most important thing to learn. It gives us hope for humanity, our lives, the future. To make the world a better place. #whyspacematters #UN #NASA #action2015
| #selfie . #WhySpaceMatters ... because communication is everything. Inspired by the awesome @dimaseky. #instagram #instagrammers #igers #instalove #instamood #instagood #like #follow #comment #shoutout #photography #iphoneography #androidography #filter #filters #hipster #contests #photo #ig #igaddict #photooftheday #insta #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instadaily #instafamous #popularpage
#whyspacematters @unoosa Space is important for all of the themes listed, but in my opinion it is incredibly important for educational purposes, the vastness of space is impossible for one person to understand, but space brings us together, to learn and make seemingly infinite amount of discovers then teach people about it! Myself I love to learn about space and theories about how it works!
If you're a space junkie, check out the slideshow below of one NASA astronaut's tweets from space: