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Harrogate pupils quiz first Canadian astronaut to walk in space

Harrogate pupils quiz first Canadian astronaut to walk in space

Published by Harry Long at 2:24pm 21st October 2019. (Updated at 5:27am 22nd October 2019)

Hundreds of school children from across the Harrogate district have taken part in a question and answer sessions with a former astronaut.

  • The pupils spoke to Chris Hadfield in California via a live video link-up.
  • 250 children from seven schools took part.
  • The link-up was part of the  Space Camp UK project.

The session was via a live video link-up with Canadian Col. Chris Hadfield in California.  

250 children from seven schools quizzed the former astronaut, who was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, and was also a previous commander of the International Space Station (ISS). 

The link-up was part of the  Space Camp UK project.  

Chris Hadfield is known as the 'singing spaceman' - after becoming a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. 

He was quizzed on how it felt to sleep standing up, and why he decided to become an astronaut.  

Richard Taylor School in Harrogate was one of the schools taking part. 

Pupil Jamie said: 

"I've listened to quite a few astronauts on Youtube and he's probably the most inspiring person that I've listened to."

Freddie from Richard Taylor School said: 

"My favourite question was how do they breathe in space? And how do you not breathe in all of the bacteria and dirt from the floor, as it floats in the air? And the answer was there are filters to filter all the dirt out of the air."  

Deputy Headteacher Emma Crisell said: 

"We got the opportunity through The Stephen Hawking Foundation. The rang us a couple of weeks ago and said we've got an opportunity for you to spend half an hour talking to Chris Hadfield, and we grabbed it with both hands!

"He was fantastic, really personable. Lots of really important messages about living your dreams, whatever that might be. 

"Just to see an astronaut is an everyday person, someone who's a Dad, it could just as easily be them doing that.

"It's just inspirational really, hearing somebody like that."