Lovely write up Kamala. Amazing to read what conditions the astronauts travelled under. I can't even imagine how their families must have felt as the rocket took off, not knowing whether or not they would ever hear of or from their loved ones again. Yes, the earth is a beautiful planet. Was just thinking of this a couple of days ago when I was watching something about how an entire village was completely destroyed by a volcano eruption. Today the place is covered with a rich forest. It is pathetic how we humans, the so-called most advanced living creatures on earth, have brought the planet to near destruction. The earth rising! Interesting to think of that.