Chatting with Chris Hadfield – Canadian Space Agency Tweetup
April 13, 2013
Super cool name tags at the Chris Hadfield CSA Tweetup.
On Tuesday, April 9, I was part of a lucky group of local tweeters invited to take part in the first Canadian Space Agency Tweetup in Western Canada! Normally I would have been working but I had already taken the day off for a different event so I was able to attend this one too! (It was destiny! :D) My date was my friend @RachyLees and we were joined by hundreds of Edmonton-area students – taking part in the once-in-a-lifetime (out-of-this-world) opportunity to chat live with Commander Chris Hadfield @Cmdr_Hadfield via downlink from the International Space Station!
It was actually more about the students I think then about us, lol. We didn’t actually get a chance to ask Chris any questions but Rachel and I are pretty sure that he was waving at us specifically at one point of the 20 minute conversation, lol.
Live view of Mission Control in Houston.
After introductions and a fun, quick lesson on the International Space Station by the Canadian Space Agency’s Mathieu Landry (the space station travels around the Earth 16 times a day at 28,000 km/h!!), we were connected live to Mission Control in Houston, Texas!! First we heard Chris’ voice and then…
APPLAUSE!!! Hi Commander Hadfield!
Cheers erupted as we saw our first glimpse of the first Canadian commander of the ISS! Students who had been pre-selected beforehand then got the chance to step up and ask Chris their questions, which included what he does in his spare time, what he does if he’s sick, what his goal was, what he misses most about Earth, what his biggest fear was, and more! (Some answers below)
One student asked how astronauts sleep in space – which got perhaps the most animated response:
I got to sit in the third row centre (amazing!!!), Rachel was in the fourth row – we arrived a little later than we wanted to due to morning car troubles so there weren’t any side-by-side seats left for us. (All good, we didn’t miss the big chat so that’s what matters!)
Oh hi Commander Hadfield. :)
Our Twitter group tweeted up a storm – with all tweets tagged #CSATweetup showing up on a live tweet screen to the side of Chris’ video screen.
Live tweet screen at the first CSA Tweetup in Western Canada!
Overall it was a truly fantastic experience that I am still grinning from ear-to-ear over. Endless thank yous to the TELUS World of Science and the Canadian Space Agency for the opportunity!!!
Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other cities she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival…