Day 1 - November 30
At 10:06 EST tonight, Canadian Space Agency CSA Astronaut Marc Garneau takes off on a remarkable 12-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). On this flight Marc Garneau is flight engineer, therefore he will need to be on his guard during take-off. "It's as though I were an engineer aboard a large passenger plane. This means that I have to know every system on the Shuttle, maybe solve some problems and help the crew keep on schedule." At 40 000 Kilometres per hour (km/h) if there is going to be a problem you have to think fast!
The purpose of the mission is to install the first set of solar arrays, which will provide energy to the International Space Station (ISS).
Questions / Answers
How much solar energy does Earth get every 15 minutes (min)?
It gets enough energy to fulfil the planet's needs for a full year!
What kind of energy does a car use?
Cars run on mechanical energy which needs fuel to operate.
How long does it take a space shuttle to reach orbit?
The space shuttle reaches orbit after only 8 minutes (min) and a half! However, launch is one of the most dangerous moment of the mission. Marc Garneau will be Flight Engineer during that time as he will support the Commander and the Pilot of the shuttle. Another first for Canada!
True of false: In order to reach the ISS the shuttle must travel for two days?
True. During the two first flight days, periodic small engine firings will gradually bring the shuttle to a point eight nautical miles behind the International Space Station (ISS) on docking day, the starting point for a final approach to the Station.
The Sun, what it is made of?
The Sun is mainly made of hydrogen, the lightest and the most spread-out element of all the known ones within the Universe.
Also available: The list of all questions of the Space 2000 Project
Mission: Sun Contest
What is solar energy?
It's the combination of the light and heat produced by the Sun. Heat and light are a combination of electric and magnetic waves, which move forward in the vacuum until they encounter an obstacle, such as the Earth, a tree or a leaf, which then absorbs or reflects them.
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