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Canadian astronaut David Saint Jacques says that Earth inspires "the endless sense of awe"



Canadian spacecraft space agency David Saint Jacques walks on joining the rest of the crew of the International Space Station on this still image, shot by NASA video on December 3, 2018.

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During his first days in the microgravity of space, David Saint Jacques was returned to his childhood, the Canadian astronaut told reporters on Monday.

It was not the feeling that you were staring at the sky with the miracle you are talking about, but the feeling that you were hanging upside down at a playground until the blood rushed into your head.

"I'm a bit overloaded here, like most people, because gravity is not there for the blood to run out of your feet," said San Jacques on Monday for a video link between the International Space Station and the headquarters of the Canadian Space Agency.

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"Your body needs to adapt to that, so you first look like a big red fluffy face …. Do you remember as a kid hanging from the parks' monkey bars, how does your head swell? you feel constant at first and then normalize. "

The astronaut, who arrived at the International Space Station on December 3, said there were many breathtaking moments. The first sunrise, when he and his colleagues NASA astronauts Anne McKlain and Oleg Koninenko from the Russian space agency "Roscosmos" pushed back, was "a very emotional moment," he said.

"I looked out the window and this little blue crescent began to get brighter and brighter and I realized," Wow, that's actually the curve of the Earth, "he said." So that the first sunrise will never forgets. It was very exciting – just so beautiful. "

At his first press conference at the space station he said he was trying to learn as much as possible from the inhabitants who had been there since June and are scheduled to return to Earth on December 20th. They are NASA Serene Aung-chancellor, Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency and Sergei Prokopiev from Roscosmos.

He said he had begun to "pursue" photography on Earth, including photographs of his hometown. Saint Jacques was born in Quebec City and grew up in the suburb of Montreal, Saint-Lambert.

"It's just an endless sense of awe, looking at our blue planet – that thin blue line in the atmosphere, that color, this lightning of blue – that's just amazing," he said, adding that he moved from the beauty of sunrises and sunsets and the sense of the size of the Earth.

"This is very touching and very humble and makes you return to Earth and help improve it."

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Saint-Jacques did not say anything about the intensive training that astronauts are experiencing, can prepare them for the feeling of weightlessness.

"So I do the typical innovations mistakes, do not try to collide anywhere and our colleagues show us how to fly," he said. "The other thing we notice about our bodies, of course, is that you lose a sense of orientation and it's easy to lose yourself at first, but we'll get used to it."

Saint-Jacques was in the middle of the exchange with the reporters, spending his microphone in the air, and at one point letting him fall and continued talking as he sailed. When the session ended, he said goodbye and disappeared from the picture.

On board the 48-year-old doctor will conduct a number of scientific experiments, some of which will focus on the physical effects of astronauts' experience of microgravity in orbit and others on how to provide remote medical care.

The last Canadian astronaut to visit the space station was Chris Hadfield, who was on a 5-month mission that ended in May 2013.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques participates in a study at the University of York, designed to reveal how we process visual and other sensory signs that give us a sense of movement and distance. To learn more, Science reporter Ivan Seminyuk became a controlling subject and tried the experiment alone.


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