The Shuttle and the Canadarm
Day 2 - December 1
The mission is on schedule and everything is going as planned. Today the crew checks the Canadarm and other equipment, such as the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) suits used during the space walks. Tomorrow the shuttle will be docking with the International Space Station (ISS), a crucial part of the mission.
Questions / Answers
What is the name of the robotic arm that Marc Garneau will be using to deploy the solar panels?
Developed by a Canadian industrial team, this unique tool, which flew for the first time in 1981, is known as the Remote Manipulator System or more commonly as the Canadarm.
Aboard which space shuttle Marc is travelling?
Marc Garneau will be travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.
How fast does Sunlight travel?
It travels at 300 000 Kilometre (km) every second. Nothing known can travel faster than that! Phew! That's fast!
Is solar energy needed on Earth?
It is so needed that without it, we would not have life on Earth (no plants, no animals, no humans!) Can you image life within any Sun? Brrr!
What is a solar captor?
Solar captor simply refers to the instrument that gathers the solar energy and transforms it into an other form of energy, like electricity or heat. Do you know what kind of energy heats your home?
Also available: The list of all questions of the Space 2000 Project
Mission: Sun Contest
What is the name for the element produced by the Sun that is the source of solar power?
Helium. The Sun is primarily composed of hydrogen. In the middle of the Sun, hydrogen atoms collide with such force that they melt to form helium. This reaction, which is called "nuclear fusion," releases enormous quantities of energy. That energy produces the daylight that illuminates our world!
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