Shane Kimbrough and K. Megan McArthur speak to Expo 2020 visitors on the ground.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
In conjunction with the convening of Space Week, astronauts Shane Kimbrough and K. Megan McArthur from the International Space Station sent a message to the world, through the international event Expo 2020 Dubai, stressing the need to achieve sustainability in living, conserving resources and recycling.
In his televised message, Kimbrough said, "As you imagine seeing Earth from space is an experience of distinct dimensions to a person's life, but our presence here is more than just enjoying these scenes from outer space."
He added, "Scientific experiments are the main focus on the International Space Station… we monitor energy and water cycles, ecosystem changes, geological hazards, population migration, climate change and response to natural disasters."
Kimbrough encouraged everyone to live like an astronaut and "think about how to reuse and recycle as much as they can, to work together to ensure we live sustainably now and in the future."
Megan MacArthur said, "It's great that we're able to send this to you as we orbit the Earth from this lab at 5 miles per second."
"In the long missions that we do on the International Space Station, we have to recycle everything that is left to recycle, and reduce waste, for example, water, which is valuable, as we recycle it extensively, using a very small portion of what humans consume on Earth."
"Out of the thousands of scientific experiments that benefit space exploration, one of the most important is how this privileged environment prompts us to assess how we can live sustainably with fewer resources," she said.
"We, all of us aboard the International Space Station, wish you the best during your conference," she added.
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