Today was the day when I was going to the live NASA Q&A session with a man who is both astronaut on the ISS and assistant scoutmaster. I don’t know if you guessed it, but his name is Andrew Morgan.
Very few people get to go on an event like this in their whole life, so I am excited to share my experience. Me and other jamboree participants, mostly global ambassadors from other countries were gathering in front of Rex W. Tillerson Leadership center. At 12:40 the whole group entered it. April, woman who was one of the main organizers of the event selected few ambassadors to ask some questions prepared beforehand as we didn’t have much time to come up with our own questions. I was one of the lucky 20 who got the opportunity to ask a question on the live video call to the ISS. I was both excited and nervous.
We came into the room, some people were already sitting and waiting for event to start and the organizers were swiftly preparing everything for the call. One girl from Australia was so excited, because it was her childhood dream came true. The room became a bit tense after someone started countdown of two minutes until the call, because everyone wanted the official NASA event to run smoothly. The Australian girl’s excitement was so contagious that even the tension loosened up. The contact with the ISS started by Gregory H. Johnson, Morgan’s colleague. After few ambassadors asked their questions it was my turn. My question was whether he was surprised by something in the space even after tough training for becoming the astronaut and if so how did he overcome it. Andrew Morgan answered that they had an excellent training and also were trained at problem solving, therefore there weren’t things that would surprise him. They also have a great team down on the Earth, so if anything unexpected happened and they couldn’t overcome it by themselves at the orbit, they would get support from down here.
I also liked the answer to the question “What was the coolest thing that happened to you on the Space station?” and he turned horizontally in the place where he was standing before, thanks to the lack of gravity. He said that everything that happens to him at the ISS is unbelievable.
If you would like to see the recording of the event click on the link down below:
My question is being asked at 13:53.
Discovering space is a childhood dream of many scouts and many of them achevied it! More than half of people who went to space were scouts. As I can’t imagine myself going to space, for me it was enough to learn something new about space from a real life experience of an astronaut and I am glad that I could share it in few interviews and with you guys on my blog 🙂