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Show Scott why space matters to you

Jenny Winder, News Writer
Jun 19, 2015, 3:22 UTC

Sen—NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have launched a global photography competition to highlight how space-based science helps us understand our home planet, improve our lives, and safeguards our future.

NASA and UNOOSA are inviting the public to submit photos to Instagram, illustrating why space matters to them including a caption with a short explanation about the photo, using #whyspacematters and tagging @UNOOSA. Each month, Kelly will announce the winning photo by posting it to his Instagram account @StationCDRKelly

“We learn something every time we go to space. And the International Space Station is one of the world’s greatest laboratories—where we are helping with advances in medicine, biology, chemistry and materials sciences,” Kelly said in a statement.

“It is the pursuit of these advances off the Earth that help improve lives on Earth. And that is why I am so committed to space exploration and embarking on this year-long mission. I look forward to seeing the images from people around the world on how space technology has impacted them where they live.”

UNOOSA works with any United Nations Member States to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space and helps developing countries to use space science technology.

Scott Kelly is currently on board the ISS as part of Expedition 44 together with Russian Cosmonauts Commander Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko. They will be joined in July by Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko

For details of every human who has been in space since the first spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961, including who is in space now and their previous missions, check out Sen’s human spaceflight app.