Introducing “Let’s Tour the International Space Station….” – yesterday I met Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka !!
Brilliant day yesterday – drove four hours north to Pontefract (famous for the “cakes”) in Yorkshire to hear a lecture by Russian Cosmonaut, Gennady Padalka who holds the record for spending the most days in space – 879 days!!
Very friendly and informative presentation of photos and video much of which was evidently his own material; generously shared with us.
Afterwards a question and answer session followed by the signing of photographs which my cousin, Chris, and I didn’t stay for because of our long journey home. Ours will be posted on.
The lecture and photos gave us all a fascinating insight into life on board the ISS, the discomfort of getting there and back in the Soyuz, spacewalks and some of the funny side of life 250 miles or so above our beautiful world. Gennady mentioned more than once the fragility of our world and it’s little layer of atmosphere all that protects us from the radiation of space.
Amazing experience for us all, not least for the school kids who were there….seeing this guy standing in front, speaking to them then seeing him being blasted off in the Soyuz, space walking and demonstrating the eccentricities of life aboard the International Space Station…..like swallowing globules of water floating around the cabin!! 😀
VIDEO BELOW !
Let’s Tour England !