Full Video Conference
Bernice Pontanilla/Metro Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen shows Sisler High School students his ‘class photo’ upon completing his space training. Hansen was in Winnipeg to share his story of hard work paying off with students, including from schools in northern Manitoba.
Students in Winnipeg and northern Manitoba were treated to a view normally reserved for those out of this world on Thursday.
Jeremy Hansen of the Canadian Space Agency visited Sisler High School to share his journey to becoming an astronaut.
Sisler students weren’t the only ones to hear Hansen’s message of hard work and dedication, several classrooms of northern Manitoba schools were included via videoconference.
“When you leave our planet and you look back upon it, you obtain a different vantage point, a different perspective, an appreciation for what we have here, it’s a little hard to realize, sometimes, on a cold winter’s morning in Winnipeg or in Manitoba, and you’re like ‘Wow, this place is harsh,’” said Hansen, who said he joined air cadets when he was 12 years old and became a major with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“But when you leave it and look back upon it, you realize, well, this is a gem in the solar system, in the universe, an oasis, where it’s the only place that we right now have the technology to survive, the only planet we can survive on right now. That’s a really important perspective we’ve gained from going to space.”
Hansen also shared with students some of the experiences well-known Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield had while on the International Space Station last year and video of what earth looks like from the station.
Date: Thursday, February 27th
Who: Sisler High School and any school from Canada,
When: 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT
Where: Live from Sisler High School
Format: Interactive presentation