The voice, at once forceful and friendly, came in the space’s weightlessness, but it had some serious things to state to the 58th Scout troop of the Hamilton, who were delighted to be listening here on the land.
Things such as: “It (Earth) is the most gorgeous thing we have ever looked at. Its cloud movement and glowing blues, the lights of the cities and the northern lights at the poles. It is very touching and a steady spectacle. It appears sturdy and yet delicate, which convinces us that we have to take care of it.” Amen.
That was David Saint-Jacques (Canadian astronaut) speaking, from the ISS (International Space Station), to the dozens of Cubs, Beavers, and Scouts grouped in a huge open field in Burlington at the Mount Nemo Scout Camp. Most of them were aligned at a microphone, hanging around to ask him queries.
As far as anybody knows, it is the first time that a Hamilton request to talk squarely with the ISS has ever become successful. And, when it did this week, the 58th’s scouts, some of them dressed in outfits of space shuttle, were visibly brimming with expectations.
Speaking of ISS, if you think a broken toilet is not good on Earth, spare a notion for the astronomers who have to tackle it in zero gravity. That is what the poor astronomers on the ISS were left struggling with earlier when their $19 Million commode broke, as per a status report by NASA. Almost 9.5 Liters of water overflew due to the accident. The group had to clean it up with the help of towels while operating to solve the leak, stated the space organization.
The present toilet was given in 2008 to the craft aboard Endeavour (space shuttle), after the earlier one was broken, as per media.