An Out of This World Adventure

We talked to astronaut David St. Jacques aboard the International Space Station!

For 10 minutes on April 6, 2019, our youth established an amateur radio link to the International Space Station and asked astronaut David St. Jacques questions about space! This adventure was made possible by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program which coordinates the scheduled contact with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. The members of the Hamilton Amateur Radio Club spent devoted many hours to provide technical expertise to make this event possible.

The event took place when all of our different sections – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers – are camping together at Mount Nemo Scout Camp.


Here is the list of questions our youth asked astronaut St. Jacques:


  1. When did you realize you wanted to be involved in the space program, and what did you do to give yourself the opportunities to get there?


  1. What does the earth look like from space?


  1. Why do you float in space?


  1. How do you eat in space?


  1. Have you ever experienced any space sickness and what do you do to overcome it?


  1. What science experiments are you doing on the ISS right now?


  1. What do you do for fun in space?


  1. How often do you put on your spacesuit and is it comfortable to wear?


  1. How do you communicate with others on the ISS who speak different languages?


  1. Do you use boosters to move around the outside of the station?


  1. How do you get a steady supply of goods to the ISS, when you are up there for so long?


  1. What is the best part of being in space?


  1. What would happen if a meteorite hit the Space Station?


  1. How does the spaceship fly without rocket boosters in space?


  1. What happens if you shoot a gun in space?


  1. How do you sneeze in space?