I’ve been on a few places on earth that made me feel like I was walking on the moon.
From the out-of-this-world yellow landscape of The Pinnacle Desert in Western Australia to the rugged volcanic rock and slate on Menorca Island in Spain, both places took my breath away and made me realize just how incredible the planet we live on -and those that surround us- really are.
Places like these make me dream away and wonder what it would be like to walk on the moon like a real astronaut…
…but exploring space is one of those things in life that is only available to a few.
Meet Space Nation
After the final dismantling of the NASA Space Shuttle Program in 2013 (as far as I researched it due to insufficient budget and a bit of politics here and there, as these things go), space exploration has shifted more towards private players, such as aerospace companies like SpaceX, Axiom Space, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Moon Express, which is backed by Buzz Aldrin.
But since this year, there is a new player in the field, looking to become the number one social and educational element of this new movement. Finnish startup and space media company Space Nation is using NASA’s learnings to develop a unique program… that you can be a part of!
The company started as the childhood dream of Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola, a pig-farmer’s son from a rural area in Western Finland. In 2010, he met Mazdak Nassir, a film-director who later became the co-founder of Space Nation. They have teamed up with Peter Vesterbacka, who is the builder of the global phenomenon Angry Birds.
Since its founding in 2013, Space Nation has broken crowd-funding records, acquired a lab space on the International Space Station (ISS) and became the first space tourism company to become an affiliate member of the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization UNWTO
An Important Mission
Space Nation has a mission to make space discovery, education and wellness accessible to everyone. They are currently building a global community without borders of people interested in connecting to protect our planet, look beyond it and prepare for our next giant leap. Through this program, you are able to bring space right into your everyday life.
The Travel Tester is all about self-development and exploring the world around us, so we are beyond excited about this community. As most companies in the space industry are focusing on creating technology for reusable rockets and space habitats, we love how Space Nation’s goal is to educate and to equip current and future generations with the skills and knowledge they will need in the upcoming space era – as well as to create possibilities for space travel for everyone.
And if this all sounds like something you might want to be a part of, we suggest you keep reading!
Astronaut Training App
In early 2018, Space Nation are launching their exciting Astronaut Training App. With this freemium app, you can learn in a fun game-like way about three major astronaut skill categories: Body, Mind and Social. Through a range of physical, psychological and team-building exercises, you can challenge yourself, no matter what type of person you are. From outdoor adventurers to fitness geeks and even intellectuals, you all might have the skills to make it as a true astronaut!
Besides the app, there will also be a filmed reality show of an actual Space Nation Astronaut Training Bootcamp. Here, participants will compete for a ticket to space. A REAL TICKET, that is!
Clearly, this is not just a game. On the contrary: The program is designed with Space Nation’s partner Axiom Space and with the same professionals that train the current NASA astronauts.
Reach for the Stars
But perhaps there is an even bigger goal within Space Nation that attracts me so much. As CEO Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola says himself:
Space Nation is more than a space adventure. It unites people from all over the world to develop themselves and reach for their dreams.
This project is about fulfilling your childhood dreams, whether that’s becoming a real astronaut, or achieving anything else in life that your heart desires.
So ask yourself right now:
Am I currently living to my own full potential?
Am I pushing my limits?
Am I actively making my dreams come true?
Am I helping to make the world a better place?
Am I ready to start exploring the world?
What did you answer? Yes or No?
Perhaps now is the time to finally take the leap and live your own life to the fullest. We strongly believe that if you want something enough, you can achieve it. Nothing is impossible, even if it might feel like that at first.
Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something, because if you can imagine it -you can do it.
How excited are you about this project? I know I am for sure! Even though I have no ambitions to go into space myself, I’m fascinated by the possibilities of space travel and would love to get involved in other ways with this project.
Win Great Prizes!
And you can too. Space Nation has launched a super short survey about lifestyle habits (so nothing too out of this world yet) and if you enter and leave your email address, you have the chance to win a cool Samsung Gear Fit2 or a Samsung Gear 360 camera!
The survey will only take about 10 minutes, so really, what are you still waiting for?
Also keep an eye out on The Travel Tester, because next month, we’ll be one of the first blogs to offer you a chance to try out the Astronaut Training App as a beta-testers. Are you ready?!
Check out Space Nation’s website to find out more: spacenation.org
Space Nation made it into Forbes‘ “Ten European Growth Businesses To Watch In 2017”: forbes.com
Mention of Space Nation in the Nordic Business Insider: nordic.businessinsider.com
Follow Space Nation on Twitter: twitter.com/spacenationorg
Follow Space Nation on Instagram: instagram.com/spacenationorg
Follow Space Nation on Facebook: facebook.com/spacenationorg
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