2015-05-04 - When CSA Astronaut Jeremy Hansen visited Byron Northview Public School in London, Ontario, last month, he was welcomed like a star! Treated with a rendition of the Star Wars theme song by the school band, Jeremy then walked the space-decorated corridors filled with excited pupils dressed for the occasion. Needless to say that he was really impressed with the talent demonstrated by the students and how engaged the whole school was. Luckily for us, that hero’s welcome was all caught on camera – along with the smiles and the many stars in the students’ eyes!
Happy Star Wars Day from Byron Northview PS students and the Canadian Space Agency! #CSAinspires
In space, it is critical that each astronaut be able to apply knowledge and skills for a specific mission as well as those that may be needed in the event of unforeseen circumstances. An astronaut must therefore have a wide variety of technical qualifications and interpersonal skills, which are developed through a customized training program that continues throughout his or her career—even during missions.
For five months, from December 21, 2012 to May 13, 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield lived and worked aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He conducted Canadian and international science experiments, maintained the Space Station, operated Canadarm2 and performed robotics tasks. On March 13, 2013 he became the first Canadian Commander of the ISS. During his mission he captured in videos, photos and words his experience as an ISS astronaut.