When he’s not working to do experiments or repair the ISS, Thomas Pesquet takes pictures of planet Earth, which he scans from space. Images they post on social networks. This week in Space emission, he answers questions from children behind the scenes of these photoshoots, CM2 students from the Léonard de Vinci school in Massy, who have already seen some of his photos.
If we sent postcards from the ISS I would probably choose the Bahamas. Failing to dive into the water, do like me and dive into the details of this image for the country’s national day #MissionAlpha https://t.co/I9blF1AEL7 pic.twitter.com/bcwmHlT8XJ
– Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) July 10, 2021
“Hello Thomas, this is Clara, I am 10 years old, my question is: when and where from the station do you take pictures? “ asks the student at the microphone of the show.
The astronaut explains: “It’s simple: when you have time” because the astronaut and his comrades are very busy with their research, repair activities … “Sometimes we are in the right place at the right time” which allows to take “beautiful landscapes”… and sometimes not, he explains. To finish answering, he explains that he takes the photos from the Cupola, which is “like a slightly panoramic window. It is mainly used to look at the outside of the ISS” for example, during extra-vehicular outings. There are also portholes in the station, “but not many who are looking up”.
Louise, 10 years old, asks Thomas Pesquet about his photographic preferences: “What is your favorite landscape that you see on Earth from the ISS?”
The astronaut answers him: “There are plenty of them! But one place that everyone likes and is easy to see and see is the Bahamas” with their white sand and this blue sea. “It makes shapes like drawings at the bottom of the water that we can see very well from space.” The astronaut is also very fond of Australia, because he sees it full of colors, “purple, black …” but also the Sahara and its dunes, which create drawings or even the glow of cities at night.
The sacred site of Uluru – at the heart of Australia and the millennial culture of the aboriginal peoples It changes color according to the course of the sun #MissionAlpha https://t.co/pggoU9AuTJ pic.twitter.com/EqA2Yf0gz7
– Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 29, 2021
Around’Amine and Léo, 10 years old to take the microphone : “How do you manage to send photos from space if you don’t have the connection?” asks the first, “Normal they have 6G …” completes the second.
“No, we don’t have 6G, smiles the astronaut. We don’t even have 3G if you want. We have a connection to send the data “ but mission requires, the photos are not the priority in the ISS, explains the astronaut. “It’s a satellite communication” to exchange all this information, photos and video. “And it’s pretty slow.”
And finally, here is the question of Yasmine, 10 years old, who has seen photos of the astronaut: “Hello Thomas, my name is Yasmine I’m 10 years old. I looked at your photos, I liked it … After that, that’s my opinion. How do you zoom the photos so much since space ?” asks the schoolgirl.
“We have lots of different goals” especially what are called telephoto lenses. “It’s not easy to find your target” explains the astronaut, “but with a little practice and usual”, recognition is easier. And then, just take the photo … in one click!
Here is our favorite place on the ISS: La Cupola! It is our window to the world. I promised myself that I would spend a little more time there during the #MissionAlpha (but promised @esa, it will not interfere with my work) https://t.co/xwPKPS0bDz pic.twitter.com/qqk9mSjx0m
– Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) April 27, 2021
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