LONGUEUIL, Que. – During the early days of microgravity of the universe, David Saint Jacques was transported back in his childhood, a Canadian astronaut told reporters on Monday.
It was not the feeling of seeing the sky in a miracle talked, but the sensation of hanging upside down on the playground, like blood rushing to your head.
"I'm a bit overcrowded here, like most people, because gravity is not there to pull the blood into the legs," Saint-Jacques explained on Monday due to a video link between the International Space Station and the Canadian Space Agency headquarters.
"Your body has to adapt to it, so at the beginning you have the appearance of a big red-bloated face …. Do you remember how a child hangs from the monkey bars in the park, hanging his head? It's like feeling constantly at the beginning, and then normalize. "
The astronaut, who arrived at the International Space Station on December 3, said there were already a lot of incredible moments. The first sunrise from orbit after he and other astronauts Ann McLane from NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos were "an emotional moment," he said.
"I looked out of the window and this little blue crescent began to become brighter and brighter and realized:" Wow, this is actually the curve of the earth, "he said." So that the first sunrise in orbit I will never forget. It was a lot of moving – just so beautiful. "
At his first press conference from the space station, he said he was trying to learn as much as possible from passengers who were there from June and that they should return to Earth on December 20. They are NASA Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Sergei Prokopiev from Roscosmos.
He said he began "enchanting" in the photo of the Earth, including photographs from his hometown. Saint Jacques was born in the city of Quebec and raised in the Montreal suburb of Saint Lambert.
"It's just an endless feeling of awe that our blue planet is seeing – this thin blue line in the atmosphere, that color, that blue color – it's incredible," he said, adding that he was driven by the beauty of the sunrises and the sunset and the feeling about the size of the Earth.
"It's very touching, and it's very humbled, and that makes you want to go back to Earth and help you get better."