Ever heard of Colonel Chris Hadfield? He was the first Canadian to walk in space, and he went around the world 2600 times. Now does that ring a bell? Voice K got to visit the Ontario Science Centre and had the opportunity to interview astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield!
We entered a room filled with exhibits, with a stage and chairs. There were a lot of seats reserved for important guests, such as friends of Chris Hadfield, and Lesley Lewis, the former CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. A stage looked like it was set up for a bunch of speeches, as it had a podium and an official background. There was definitely going to be a lot of media professionals around.
The press conference started with dancers wearing space suits walking to the stage in slow motion. They stretched their arms like they were in space and danced with electronic music. The speeches started at 9:30am. First, some people began with speeches about how this exhibit was dedicated towards Chris Hadfield and Lesley Lewis. Then Chris Hadfield himself made a speech about being an astronaut. He talked about how we were little toddlers, waiting to explore the entire universe. He talked about how it was interesting that evolution saw the need to allow us to explore before we could communicate. We could walk before we could talk.
Lesley Lewis also made a speech about how she became CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. She talked about her steps, and how grateful she was to have this exhibit dedicated towards her. Two people dressed as astronauts did a little dance, and during the break, the Ontario Science Centre glee sang Is Somebody Singing written by Chris Hadfield.
There was also a little media scrum where people asked for Hadfield's autograph, and asked him questions. There was also a lot of other media present. There were a lot of microphones around, and a lot of people were waiting in line to interview him. Finally, after all the questions, it was our turn to interview Chris Hadfield.
Voice K: We recently watched the movie Gravity, what’s the chance of that disaster happening to the real Space Station?
Hadfield: I saw the movie Gravity also. And the problem they had was some debris, some rocks and pieces from space went into their spaceship and caused damage to the spaceship. The International Space Station gets hit by tiny rocks like grains of sand all the time. The ISS has armor on the outside, so it's protected. There is a chance, though, that a piece about the size of your fist would hit it. That would punch a hole in the space station The crew practice for the situation when, suddenly, the space station's losing pressure. They close patches and put on oxygen masks. They might even get into the Soyuz, their little lifeboat.
Voice K: Is it scary in space knowing that you could die at any moment?
Hadfield: Is it scary on Earth knowing that you could die at any moment? Think about that huge earthquake in Nepal that just happened. It killed all sorts of people. So, the question is, do you allow yourself to be scared, or not? The difference between scary, and being scared; that’s a personal decision, and it depends how you learn about other things. You have to ask yourself where you live, are there earthquakes? What about hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, or gigantic tigers?
Voice K: Has there ever been a conflict in space, like two people don't get along well?
Hadfield: The Canadian Space Program doesn’t let people randomly go into space. They select astronauts carefully from all over Canada. Only four of us got chosen out of over 5 000 people, and only two of us could live on the space station. The crew is put together and trained years before the expedition. We would be the type of people who get along well with each other anyways. By the time we got to space, we already knew each other very well. We never once had a conflict, partly from training, partly from the type of people they were, and partly because we morally choose not to.
Voice K: What do you miss most when you are in space?
Hadfield: I try and never miss anything. I never spend my time being somewhere, wishing I was somewhere else. I just don't think it's a useful way to go through life. I was weightless, could see all seven billion people everyday, so I didn't spend much time missing things.
Voice K: What do you think about the one-way trip to Mars?
Hadfield: No, no. There’s no one-way trip to Mars happening. It's just an idea, but no, it's not happening. Our technology is not good enough, and it hasn’t been invented yet, but one day, a miracle just might be invented.
Voice K: What is the future plan for the Canadian Space Program?
Hadfield: Canada has been a world leader in space since the very beginning. We were third in nation in space for 50 years. It think we'll continue to build satellites that will help us communicate with the other side of the world, teaching us more. Our satellites can monitor the pollution, climate change, and even the ice in the Arctic! They donate pieces to other satellites, do they could be built, and Canadians help to explore the universe.
Voice K learned a lot about Chris Hadfield interviewing him, and the International Space Station. It was fun to look at all the interesting exhibits. They showed actual items, such as astronaut clothes, models of spacecraft, and plants growing the way they would in space, in the actual environment. Ontario Science Centre is a great place to look and learn, and you should take the chance to visit it when you can.
Hi, my name is Amelie. I am nine years old and I am in grade four. I go to Silver Stream Public School (SSPS). My favorite color is purple and my favourite animal is the horse. My favorite series of books is “Redwall” by Brian Jacques. There is a lot of adventure inside. I also like the riddles in it. I like skiing and swimming. I have two pets. They are both fish. I might get two birds later. I have an identical twin named Michelle. She is one minute younger than me. Something special about me is that I treat some non-living things like they’re living, especially my toys. I still hang on to them, even if they’re very old.
Hello. My name is Michelle. I am currently in grade four. I go to Silver Stream Public School. I enjoy reading comics and writing short stories from the top of my brain. I have an identical twin sister named Amelie. I like doodling, skiing, making myself dizzy, and doing handstands under the water. I like experimenting with computers, but I get into trouble. The only successful pets I have now are two nine-year-old fish without names. If you were to put me into one of the categories, Girl or Tomboy, I have one half here, and one half there. I will do almost ANYTHING possible to continue sleeping in most cases. That is all you need to know about me.