March 30, 2011 1456 UTC Paolo Nespoli Contacting School in Canada

It took several tries and 4 or 5 minutes for Nespoli to establish contact. I left the attempts on the recording but edited out the space between. The questions start at about 1:34 in the recording. Got a little of the response to question 5 before losing signal.

Canterbury High School, Ottawa, ON, Canada - Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1. As a freestyle skier I find that the adrenaline rush from skiing triggers my passion for skiing. Do you get an adrenaline rush from traveling into space (especially during take-off)? Does this trigger your passion for space?
2. As a person who would love to be an astronaut, what kind of training and preparation do you need, and is the payoff worth it?
3. Do you do any animal testing on the space station? If so, what are some of the goals of the experiments?
4. What are some everyday things that you never need up in space?
5. What are the most drastic changes to your living habits in space compared to Earth?
6. What is the most difficult thing about being in space and why?
7. In your opinion, what is the most interesting type of research going on on the ISS right now?
8. How are the washroom facilities designed; are there any complications in “waste removal”?
9. What does it feel like to go through the atmosphere/ to take off?
10. If an astronaut becomes sick, what kind of medication is available? If there isn’t medication, what kind of safety measures are taken?
11. Are your sleep patterns affected by lack of sunlight? If so, how?
12. What sort of adjustment time is required after travel to and from the space station?
13. Besides friends and family, what do you miss most about Earth?
14. What unique things do you do on the space station for entertainment?
15. How many hours per day are you working on the ISS?
16. How long is typical for an astronaut to stay on the space station? What is the longest length of time possible?

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