Becoming an Astronaut
Day 6 - December 5
The second space walk takes place today. American astronauts Joseph Tanner and Carolos Noriega perform the work with help from "maestro" Marc Garneau. Yes, that's right! The work Marc accomplishes from inside the Shuttle can be compared to that of an orchestra leader or choreographer, since he is co-ordinating all of the extravehicular activities.
Questions / Answers
Why do astronauts train in a large swimming pool?
Because water is the environment that most nearly resembles the weightlessness astronauts must learn to cope with in space.
What role does a mission specialist (MS2) play?
As a Mission Specialist 2 (MS2), Marc Garneau will be part of the command crew, assisting the commander and the pilot of the Shuttle in the cockpit for the crucial eight and a half minutes during the launch of the Shuttle Endeavour. Marc Garneau is the first Canadian to do that job. Cool, eh?
What can you do to maximize your chances of being selected as a Canadian astronaut?
Start by earning at least one advanced degree in science or engineering; become proficient in more than one discipline; master the art of public speaking, preferably in both official languages (English and French); take part in community activities; maintain your physical fitness; acquire a background of knowledge in aerospace topics; obtain experience as a pilot, parachute jumper and scuba diver; and consider working for an aerospace company during school breaks to get hands-on experience.
Can you name at least two different fields that the astronauts need to study?
Astronauts need to learn about all sorts of subjects related to space missions and ground activities, such as astronomy, photography, life support in microgravity, radio communications, Earth observation, geology, oceanography, public relations and first-aid techniques.
Are there any good career opportunities in the field of space?
Pretty good, actually! For example, you could pursue studies in engineering, robotic technology, technical writing, physics, biology – or even become an astronaut! See our "Careers in Space" section for further details.
Also available: The list of all questions of the Space 2000 Project
Mission: Sun Contest
Come back tomorrow to find out what is the answer to question 21!
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