Canadian astronaut and Tweeter extraordinaire Cmdr. Chris Hadfield reached out from space on Monday to speak to students around Halifax.
Hadfield spoke to a group of more than 100 excited junior high students, celebrating the launch of the National Film Board Space School website and Earth Day.
"Happy Earth Day. I brought a small Earth with me as well. If anything, my respect and my concern, and my love for the Earth has only been deepened by the chance to see it from this perspective," said Hadfield.
"It’s an incredible privilege to see the Earth this way and I’m glad you’ve had a chance to look at some of the pictures I’ve been sending down to try and just express our sense of stewardship necessary to be occupants of spaceship Earth,"
'You know, to me boredom is just mental inactivity.'—ISS Cmdr. Chris Hadfield
The astronaut answered questions from students about global warming, the food he misses most on Earth and activities he does that keep boredom at bay.
"You know, to me boredom is just mental inactivity. I never get bored, there’s so many things to do and this place is so rich with opportunity. If I have 30 seconds, there’s always something else to do," said Hadfield.
"Boy, if I have a couple of minutes, then I grab my camera and race over to the windows and try to get a picture of what part of the world is underneath us, or I go and read what people are sending me on Twitter, or we have a whole list of job jar experiments that we have to do all the time. I contact my family or I try to write about the experience. I have a guitar up here and I play a lot of music and I’ve written music up here, so I’m never bored."
The NFB Space School site is an interactive website designed for kids between the ages of 11 and 15. The site is loaded with information about space, science and technology presented to visitors using interactive online elements.
Hadfield returns to Earth on May 15 and said he is looking forward to the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee.