Astronaut wows Marshall McLuhan CSS students

[attach]3998[/attach]Students at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School spent Monday morning learning about the infinite possibilities of space.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Canadarm2 and the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gave an inspiring presentation to 750 students at the Eglinton Avenue and Avenue Road area school.

Students ranging from grade 9–12 watched in awe as Hadfield presented a slideshow of images demonstrating life on space and the training he has to undergo in preparation for the mission.

It was almost 10 years ago that Hadfield installed Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, making him the first Canadian astronaut to perform a spacewalk.

Hadfield spoke candidly about his work and talked about another milestone he will celebrating for Canadian space exploration.

[attach]3999[/attach]In November 2010 Hadfield is scheduled to board the Soyuz spacecraft for his next mission, Expedition 34/35, where he will be the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (ISS).

Hadfield, along with a crew, will live and work for six months at the ISS.

Joking about what Canadian food he should share with the crew on the ISS, Hadfield asked the students if he should bring a box of Timbits.

Joking aside Hadfield had this to say when curious students asked what life on space is like:

“It is a reinforcing experience of the wonder of creation, the wonder of humanity and what our place in it is.”