On Tuesday, June 1st, students from all over the world gathered
in front of their computer screens -- not to watch any type of
sport or a new hit movie but a live Webcast from space.
Canadian students had an opportunity to ask questions to Julie
Payette , a Canadian astronaut on mission STS-96, during a downlink
with the Space Shuttle at the National
Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, Ontario.
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Industry Minister
John Manley joined the students online to speak with Payette
in space! The downlink and Webcast were organized by Canada's
SchoolNet and the Canadian
Students from all over Canada sent in questions and they ranged
from silly "Are you able to follow the Stanley Cup playoffs
from space?" to inspiring "I want to be an astronaut
when I get older. What to I have to do to be one?"
Canadian Space Agency Photo
Payette, the above mentioned 1st Canadian on the Space Shuttle,
answered questions from Nunavut, British Columbia, Ontario and
various other provinces.
This Webcast was a delight for all because of its bilingual
status. Half of the questions were in French and the other half
were asked in English.
And in case you were wondering, yes, it is possible to follow
hockey in space. Via Internet of course!!