David Saint-Jacques prepares for wild ride back to Earth
David Saint-Jacques prepares for wild ride back to Earth David Saint-Jacques prepares for wild ride back to EarthBut we begin with Canadian astronaut David saint-jacques, who is preparing to take the plunge of a lifetime. He just spent six months aboard the International Space Station that is 3264 orbits of Earth. He will return home later too, along with two colleagues. He will board a tiny capsule pushaw from the station and drop back to Earth and when he does, he will hold a new Canadian record for the most consecutive days in space 205 and last night. His crew cab off the mission by handing over station control that ended with this moment Kyle a successful Mission. This is the end of the formal change of command ceremony or Russia. Correspondent Chris Brown has more from where David saint-jacques will land tonight in Kazakhstan. Well, Canada’s longest permission in space is just about to come to an end. To beat saint-jacques in just a few hours will be returning to Earth somewhere here in central Kazakhstan, and while it is absolutely been an Epic Journey for him up in orbit, both submitted pretty interesting one for us down here in the Who come out to meet David Saint-Jacques, when his landing at module touches down just have a look around, we are really in the middle of nowhere here about 500 kilometers from the closest community of any size in Kazakhstan. What you’re saying now we’re told, is an old Cemetery, really is the only sign of of any life here at all military style operation. That’S going to be unfolding over the next few hours, there’s going to be very large green vehicles that are going to be driving in here, they’re, going to have a little Hospital. Almost there going to setup to be able to put the astronauts in the hospital just to check them out to make sure they’re there. All right, there’s also going to be an area here to my right with satellites and so forth. And that’s where we’ll all be. Will be camping for the night cuz arriving in about 10 to 10 eastern time – that’s 8:30 here in the morning, so everyone is a sable campout spring into action tomorrow the plan will be to remove the astronauts on the capsule, as I say, check them out. Make sure there are there healthy? They will not stay here for long really, only less than an hour or so before, putting the three of them into a helicopter, flying the back., maganda and then off to North America. So a very interesting and important night and morning to come here in central Kazakhstan, Chris Brown’s BBC News in Kazakhstan been watching a bit saint-jacques submission from Lift-Off to today’s touchdown. He is someone who is very familiar to many, of course, the host of quirks & quarks on CBC Radio Toronto. Today big moment in this Mission, a let’s talk about into the Earth orbit. What will you be looking out for here? How he and then, how he’s going to look when they carry him out? He will not be able to get out on his own, because his body is not used to gravity he’s going to feel weak. He’S going to be able dizzy, so they’ll be carrying him out, but it’s it’s going to be quite a transition. After 6 months of floating around, like Peter Pan being totally weightless effortless to go in any direction. To suddenly have the force of gravity, his head is going to feel like a cannonball on his shoulders. His arms going to feel and his sense of up and down, which is been taken away for the last 6 months, is going to come back around and that will give him a really dizzy sensation. So he’s he’s going to adapt to the Earth. I think people have their minds when they think of a landing, almost an airplane landing, which is these days computerized, very, very without incident, if you will out for the most part. But that’s not the case here, because this seems like a very rough and tumble ride. Back to the Earth it is, the Russians haven’t changed their set, their technology and 60 years. They sell used a capsule that just falls from space like a meteorite and then parachute open and instead of Landing in the ocean like they used to do during the Apollo days. This one, Charles and I did used to have wings. The American space shuttles came down on Wayne’s and that’s a very gentle way of coming down very control. So the gravity comes on very slowly and have a nice little touchdown, I’m really high speed and then suddenly they’re slowing down and and they feel the g-forces building up on building up on them and the up to five times their weight. So you go from 0 to 5 times your weight, then the parachute opens sometime spins around and then they hit the ground just before they hit the ground. Are some explosive male call the Retro Rockets, but they’re really explosive that try to make a little bit of a commission so far that what have been the highlights for you? As we look at the between jackpot 205 days in orbit from the astronauts perspective, we’ve had three Canadians. Do it before Debbie by Chris Hadfield, Dave Williams and Steve McClain, and all of them talked about the incredible panoramic view that they give get outside because, instead of looking through a window there working in zero gravity power tools when you’re floating weightless, and they have to Figure out how to brace themselves so they don’t do the spinning instead of the bolts, are trying to undo and manipulate big object. So he was doing that and he didn’t really really well and it was really amazing to watch a amazing to watch him at. Let’S talk about the experiments conducted in space that, because part of it was to my understanding and correct me if I’m wrong here, he was about long-term exposure to space using his own body specializes in we’re really good at space medicine and a lot of Canadian experiments Focus on not just what happens to the body, but what happens to the visual system? How we get disoriented in space space sickness, which is something that don’t want to have his A variation on motion, sickness and the body adapts to space and not in really healthy ways of the fluid shift up to the upper part of the body. We lose red blood cells, that’s and so you become an and the bones deteriorate, osteoporosis and aged in space, and so they have to take a lot of work to fight that, but they can’t find it totally in, and so that’s all run has to do with What we’re going to do in the future we going to spend more time and space tell that he used his body as a guinea pig himself. There were tests done on him before he went into space. He didn’t test on himself up there and as soon as he comes back to going to look at him again to see what to see what the limit served on humans are, I mean: how far can we go? Maybe we’ll find it there’s a limit to. Maybe we can’t go beyond lunch, we don’t know we got to keep looking at that appreciate the time okay, Michael pleasure, talking to you today in Toronto, 5 p.m. Eastern Sajak’s, soyuz capsule, will undock from the space station that at 9:55 a capsule will begin its deorbit Burn it will fire engines to push through the Earth’s atmosphere in preparation for that.? Have you heard from Bob and our team will be covering at the Landing site in Kazakhstan, where saint-jacques will touch down just before 11 p.m. eastern time 9 a.m. local time? We have to tell you and all of that we will bring for you live right here – BBC News Network so stay with us for throughout the day, and certainly this evening, David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth today after six months in space, landing in a Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan with what other astronauts have described as the force of a car crash. Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, describes how Saint-Jacques will re-adapt to normal gravity.
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