I was really chuffed with my recording of today’s transmission from the ISS (International Space Station) when it passed close by. Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor (KG5TMT) was answering questions from students at the Collège Léonce Bourliaguet, Thiviers, France. You only hear the downlink (ISS to earth) and the audio is a bit dodgy in parts but she was 220 miles above my head and travelling at 27,227 miles per hour at the time!
The questions she is answering are:
1. What was the first thing you did aboard the ISS? – I missed this one)
2. Did you always want to become an astronaut? (I missed most of this one too)
3. Were you afraid during the Soyuz take-off? (I missed some of this one)
4. Is it difficult to get used to zero-gravity?
5. Do you sleep well in space?
6. Is there any turbulence in the ISS as you would have with a plane?
7. What was your first impression while performing a spacewalk?
8. Have you seen a lot of aurora borealis?
9. Have you ever observed any bizzare or strange phenomenon aboard the ISS? (I think I missed this one too!)
10. Can you view the Thiviers quarries from space?
11. Could you take a picture of Thiviers from space for us?
12. What do you usually do during your spare time?
13. What is the most complicated daily task you have ever done in space?
14. What is the most fascinating task you have ever done in space?
15. Is the physical training to become an astronaut hard?
16. How much weight have you lost?
17. What is your best memory of space?
18. What is your worst memory of space?
19. Do you miss your friends and family?
20. What makes you dream in your job?
It lasts about 5 minutes but it’s fascinating stuff.