David Saint-Jacques Exploring Earth | CBC Kids News

David Saint-Jacques Exploring Earth | CBC Kids News


Mission Control:
Canadian Space Agency this is mission control Houston,
please call station for a voice check. [music] Look at that! Houston, this is station. I’m ready. Child: Can you explain how
you take photos of Earth from the space station? We have this beautiful bay
window we call the cupola. It’s like a half
sphere of glass. Basically, we
can go in there and look in
every direction. And we just take
a normal camera, take a normal camera,
and take photos through the window. We have cameras with
different you know size of lens, so we can take
more zoomed-in photos. And and that’s how we do. So it’s just like
taking a photo on Earth. It is a wonderful place. It’s my favourite moment
of the day when I open those window shutters in
the morning and I have the first view of the planet. Whenever I have the
chance during the day, I float up there. And in the evening when
we close the shutters, I wave bye-bye to
our beautiful planet. Child: How do
you recognize all the countries
that you fly over? If you go to the Cupola,
you try to guess where you are. It’s just a test of your
knowledge of geography. For example. it’s easy to
recognize Italy. You know that it
looks like a boot. It’s easy for me to
recognize parts of Canada, because I know it
better than other places. If you don’t know, then
we have a computer nearby with a map of the world
and it tells us where the space station is
at every moment of time. So then we can
know where we are when we look down
to the Earth. A little bit
like Google Earth. Child: What is your
favourite thing on Earth to look at from space? The most beautiful amazing
thing I’ve seen from here is the northern lights. It’s just so incredible. It’s like green lights
dancing over the horizon. They’re below
us, of course, when we’re on
Space Station. So imagine you’re looking
at the Earth at night, and there’s
these like green… it looks like green,
fluorescent green smoke that’s dancing
over the Earth. It’s just
unbelievably beautiful. Child: Can you see
small islands from space? Yes, we can see islands. Some islands have
around them like a little high plateau where
the water is very shallow and there’s a lot of
a lot of marine life. That is very easy to
see, so that kind of apron around the small islands
is easy to see from space. It’s beautiful because
it’s typically some shade of turquoise color
in the middle of the deeper blue
of the ocean. They look like
jewels on the ocean. They’re
amazingly beautiful, those Pacific islands. [applause] Thanks Jenni,
thanks Dr. Bondar, thanks for all the
great questions.

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