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OUT OF THIS WORLD SEASONS: A VIEW FROM SPACE!

Hello, space enthusiasts, future astronauts, and cosmic explorers! Buckle up, because Flight Adventure Park is about to blast off on a journey beyond Earth's atmosphere. Are you ready to witness the beauty of the four seasons from space, the ultimate bird's eye view? Get ready to soar through the stars and discover how our planet transforms throughout the year! 

 

THE FOUR SEASONS 

Have you ever wondered why Earth has different seasons?  

 

The Earth is titled on its axis (or center line) at approximately 23.5 degrees, and moves, while spinning, in a long circular shape around the Sun. The combined tilt, spinning, and movement around the sun causes the seasons experienced on Earth. Throughout the calendar year, different parts of Earth experience more direct sunlight than others. The hemisphere that is tilted more toward the Sun, receiving more direct sunlight, experiences summer, while the opposite hemisphere is experiencing winter.  


WINTER WONDERS  

When winter blankets the Northern Hemisphere in snow, astronauts witness a calm, white landscape from space. At the same time, the Southern Hemisphere experiences the height of summer, with vibrant greens dominating the scenery.  

 

Satellites monitor these seasonal changes. They also monitor for natural disasters such as hurricanes, landslides, wildfires and volcanos from above.  


BLOSSOMING SPRING 

An astronaut’s view of space is never the same, as the Earth is in a constant state of change.  As winter’s snowcapped mountains fade and spring blooms on Earth, astronauts witness a burst of colors and patterns from space. The Northern Hemisphere comes alive with vibrant hues of green. In contrast, the Southern Hemisphere experiences its own transition as autumn leaves fall away, leaving behind a landscape of rich earthy tones. 

 

Like on Earth, Astronauts in the International Space Station grow plants using an Advanced Plant Habitant (APH). NASA astronauts have grown radishes, peppers, lettuce and more using the APH and The Vegetable Production System, called “Veggie”.  


SHIMMERING SUMMER  

Experiencing all four seasons of the year is typical in the mid-latitude areas of Earth. This means the North and South poles and places near the Equator experience less seasonal variations. When summer arrives, Earth becomes a patchwork quilt of blues and greens. The increased sunlight over the Northern Hemisphere causes vast expanses of greenery, while the Southern Hemisphere experiences winter. Astronauts observe the sparkle of sunlight reflecting off oceans and the stark contrast of deserts with their golden sands. From space, it's like watching a dazzling display of light and shadow. 


COLORFUL AUTUMN 

When summer turns into fall, a masterpiece unfolds before the eyes of astronauts. The Northern Hemisphere turns red, orange, and yellow as leaves change color and fall from the trees. Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, spring brings fresh blooms and new life.  

 

WATCHING EARTH’S SEASONS 

From the International Space Station (ISS), astronauts have a front-row seat to the ever-changing canvas of our planet. These observations aren't just breathtaking; they're also vital for scientists studying Earth's climate and ecosystems. By understanding how seasons affect our world, we can better appreciate the delicate balance that sustains life on our remarkable planet. 


So, there you have it, space travelers! Each season from space is unique and beautiful. From the blossoming colors of spring to the serene beauty of winter, the planet transforms right before our eyes. The next time you gaze up at the stars, think about the astronauts aboard the ISS that may be looking down at you, enjoying an out-of-this-world view of Earth's splendid seasons. 

 

Remember, Flight Adventure Parks are always ready for your next adventure, no matter the season! Rain, snow, or shine, FLIGHT welcomes fun and learning. 

 





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