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Saint Jacques's astronomer creates children's questions on Santa Claus, climate change


The astronomer David Saint-Jacques, on board the International Space Station, leaves a group of children gathered at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil, Que., On Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

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LONGUEUIL, Who. – The Canadian stalls, David Saint-Jacques, took a break of scientific responsibilities on board the International Space Station on Tuesday to try a more intense question.

"Can you see Santa Claus from the International Space Station?" Elise as Grade 1 and 2 elementary school students Saint Jacques has been involved in asks at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters.

Saint Jacques's face illuminated as he promised that he would do his best.

"Santa Claus, I do not know if we could see it. We can see the North Pole here, but it's just on the edge of the horizon," he said. "We'll try to look for it. We have good binoculars."

The questions from pajama-clad students Ecole des Saint-Anges in St-Lambert, Que. following a story time of space, where Saint Jacques was reading a new space theme ebook that was launched on Tuesday by the space agency.

"The Explorers Club" tells the story of Layla, Niko, Gemma and Mathias as they leave their own space destination to find a dog. It is aimed at encouraging interest in space, science and reading in young children.

Saint Jacques took the chance to play the clown in the space micrograffy, spinning his microphone and shot up when the rocket in the story broke. When a child from the name Matteo asked how he was washed in space, Saint-Jacques gave a few drops of water from a container to show how they float.

"Just talking to her, just saying it's very striking," said Maxence, 8, at the end of the event. It was particularly interesting by gravity absence. "I can do acrobatics and play balls," he said.

Lilianne imagined games of a tag so that the need and the tricks that could be played on his friends. "I do not know how they do, swim in all those machines," he said. "And what a surprise for me is that they can do almost anything they want, but instead of doing on the ground, they do it in the air."

The children also had an interest in what Christmas would be in space. Saint Jacques said that he and his all-stones – Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency, Roscosmos – have brought special food to share cooking traditions in their countries.

Some questions reflected real concerns in the children's minds, especially when one girl asked if the most polluted areas of the Earth were visually impaired.

"When we fly over large cities, we can see that there is a gray valley for them. Air pollution is the easiest thing to see," Saint Jacques replied. "We can also see the impact of global warming because we can see glaciers in the mountains less now than they were 100 years ago."

The "Explorers Club" stars are the children and their puppies, but Saint Jacques appears as the stalls in the space station with a message. "A big dream and get to the stars. Dare to explore!" He told them.

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