Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Julie Payette's Perspectives from Space

Big Ideas, the TV Ontario showcase for "contemporary intellectual culture" wrapped around public presentations and lectures from well known public figures, has just posted a 58 minute talk on Canadian Space Agency Perspectives from Space: Research and Diplomacy featuring astronaut Julie Payette.

The presentation starts out as a travelogue with Payette providing photo's, videos and an overview of her trips to the International Space Station (ISS) during the May 1999 STS-96 and the July 2009 STS-127 space missions.

But the most interesting part of the presentation, come later when Payette talks about future missions (perhaps to Mars) provides some views of the Earth and talks about some of the things you can do with space technology to make terrestrial life better. 

Payette is an engineer and a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut who has completed two spaceflights and logged more than 25 days in space. The talk was part of a larger series of recent presentations from the Waterloo based Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Research.

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