LONGUEUIL, Que. – During his first days in space microgravity, David Saint Jacques was transported back 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.
"Your body needs to adapt to it, so you first look like a big red fluffy face …. Do you remember as a kid hanging from the park's 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."