måndag 23 december 2019

A Sign Language for Space Travellers

Sign language is different in different countries. Not as different as spoken word language, but still different.

Brittish sign language (as, I'm pretty, sure most) is missing signs for many new discoverys in especially astronomy and space research. Now an astrophysicist tied to the University of Leeds and a group of deaf astronomers collaborate to create new signs to fill up this gap in the sign language.

If Brittish sign language becomes more up to date within the fields of new science than other sign languages this could lead to them adopting the new Brittish signs and thus making them a standard within science and especially space research.

In 2010 NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson sent a specially recorded video from the International Space Station using American Sign Language (ASL). This was the first time sign language was officially used on the ISS, but it wasn't the first time it was used in space.

 In January1992, pilot Bill Readdy signed from onboard space shuttle Discovery during the STS-42 mission. He sent a greeting to hearing-impaired students encouraging them to consider a career in the space program.

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