Good afternoon, dear friends,
( Let me introduce myself. I am Pavel Medvedev. I study at school №2 in the tenth form.)
Today I would like to present for your consideration my composition “Letter to the first cosmonauts’. It’s an unusual letter. The letter is from our future, from 2020.
So, let’s imagine: We are in 2020 now. We are floating in space. Its beauty impresses us. (Where else could you see a lot of brightly shining stars and magic space objects? But, of course, the most breathtaking view is our planet. What would you think if you had an opportunity to see this sight?) What would a teenager think having a look at the Earth from space? What letter would he write?
May be this one!
Dear First Cosmonauts!
Hello from the International Space Station where I am in my first space trip as a tourist. In spite of I am an ordinary 17-year-old student, nowadays in the 2020-s even teenagers have an opportunity to travel into space. I feel happy looking at our wonderful planet through the space window. And I’ve understood that all we had due to your first flights to the stars. It’s a pity, you are not able to be with me here. You would be very surprised having seen changes in the world space exploration.
Now I have been on the International Space Station for about a week and I would like to tell you about my life and my impressions.
Living in microgravity is fun. You can fly, float and even flip if you want to! It’s like moving in a swimming pool, only you are much, much lighter. (You can push off with a fingertip and move across the whole space module.) (My muscles become softer and my bones become thinner. I must do a lot of exercising!)
( On board I see 16 sunrises for every sunrise people on the Earth see.)
It’s interesting that there is no need for a bed. (I can snooze while floating upside down in the middle of a room.) Sleeping in space is difficult at first because I don’t know what to do with my floating neck, but when I get used to it, it becomes very comfortable and relaxing.
Years ago, you had to squirt your food out of tubes — just like toothpaste. Luckily, today’s ISS (the International Space Station) is equipped with water, microwave ovens, and refrigerators, allowing the people on board to eat more “normal” types of food, including fruit, vegetables and ice cream. To keep our meals from floating away we often use a special kind of scotch.
You had to wear special space suits. But once on the ISS we wear shirts, t-shirts, shorts and trousers that we wear on the ground. (We don’t need shoes or trainers because we don’t walk or stand on our feet.) We just put on socks to keep our feet warm.
We have no shower. We use “wetted towels” instead of taking showers. We also use special shampoos to wash our hair. (These shampoos don’t need to be washed off with water. We just wipe
them off with a towel.) It’s fun that the station lavatory is the model that works like a vacuum cleaner,( using a stream of air to pull waste into sealed containers.)
I watch science experiments, walking in space to connect a new model, or exercising on special gym equipment. When I have a free moment, I read books, watch films on DVD, listen to music, play cards and send e-mail to my friends or my family. Sometimes I just sit and look out of the window and enjoy the sight of the Earth below me, a view that no one ever tires of seeing or photographing.
Dear cosmonauts, I hope my letter was interesting for you. I would like to meet you, show some amazing photos which were taking during my space trip and ask some questions about your first flights. I think 60 years later a human still has the same feelings of great discovery and breathtaking adventure flying into space. It can be always called the biggest achievement of your life and it doesn’t matter when and how long you have been into space.
Hope to meet you soon.
In conclusion I would like to say that theme is very topical today. Our country celebrates the 50-th anniversary of the first flight into space. The technology of space exploration has been getting on for 50 years. That’s why I tried to present the differences between modern and former conditions of astronauts’ life.
But each technology can’t develop without a human. I suggest all of our achievements became true due to our first generation of Soviet cosmonauts and constructors. And our generation should be grateful for their discoveries.