Technology Space emission. “Are you watching TV in space?” Lamys, 11, asks Thomas Pesquet

Space emission. “Are you watching TV in space?” Lamys, 11, asks Thomas Pesquet

This NASA photo, obtained on May 2, 2021, shows Soichi Wakata and Thomas Pesquet of Japan posing for a portrait on April 28, 2021, inside the ISS’s “Window on the World” capsule. (HANDOUT / NASA / AFP)

During their time of rest, the astronauts of the ISS sometimes allow themselves a little cinema session to relax. One of these moments was photographed by Thomas Pesquet and told on Twitter. To occupy our (rare) free time, we sometimes watch a movie together. That evening it was a romantic comedy: not my choice, but I enjoyed the evening anyway “ the French astronaut recently tweeted about it, a message accompanied by a smiley in the form of a wink.

Music, books, games, television … precisely, on the leisure side, how does the French astronaut deal when he is not at work?

These are the questions asked by three CM2 students from the Léonard de Vinci school in Massy, ​​in the Paris region. In this new episode of Space emissionThomas Pesquet answers them from the ISS, 400 km above our heads.

It is Victor who launches himself for the first question : “I wanted to ask you if sometimes you play games together in space, like board games or whatever?”

Thomas Pesquet answers him: “Yes, we play games sometimes in space, not so much board games”, even if there are some in the resort. “We don’t have the same games between nationalities”, especially with regard to card games, specifies the astronaut. “Whenever you want to play a game, you have to explain it first.” And to add that there are no video games in the station to pass the time.

But astronauts can also count on “word games” where the “game of thumbs” that he taught his American colleagues: “We were playing this before take off in a Falcon 9, says Thomas Pesquet. We had a moment with not much to do for 45 minutes, we played those games. The control center was wondering what we were doing, we were playing thumbs up. “

Some music now with the question of Clara, 10, worried about the saxophone “lost” by Thomas Pesquet in the ISS. She wonders if he plays it in the station in his spare time.

The astronaut tells him that he was not lost on his previous mission 4 years ago but “hidden” by his fellow astronauts to give him a surprise for his birthday. The saxophone had since remained in the station. He was therefore able to find him during this new mission: “He was waiting for me here. I’ve played it before, you know, since I arrived. I don’t play it very often because we don’t have so much time.”

What do you read for a book? “ Clara asks again.

The astronaut responds with a little regret: “We don’t read a lot, I blame myself a bit, I read a lot when I was your age. For a very long time, I read a lot. But right now I’m working so much that I read less. is not an excuse “, continues Thomas Pesquet. As for his reading list, here is an overview: these are books sent by his friends, including the science fiction book Dune. “I read it when I was young, when I must have been 12 or 13, I’m rereading it, I’m reading this now.”

Finally, Lamys questions him in turn: “Are you watching TV in space?”

An activity not so easy to organize, explains the astronaut before detailing the different ways to view a series or an event. “We don’t watch TV directly.” If the astronaut wants to watch a movie or a series, NASA or ESA has “a small budget so that the astronauts have the films” sent as a video file. “For example, when we play sports, we can watch movies or series.”

What about live TV?

“We can sometimes have the TV almost live, explains Thomas Pesquet, it’s a little more complicated “, it depends on the state of communications. “It’s rarer, it’s for big events”, like the Super Bowl for example, the Olympic Games, or why not a rugby match for the France team.

On this page, you can listen to this third episode of Space emission, where astronaut Thomas Pesquet answers children’s questions about life aboard the ISS. A meeting to listen to every Saturday at 10:44 am and 12:51 pm on France Info radio and to find in podcast. To involve a class (from CE2-CM1 to 5th year) in a recording of Space emission, contact the services of the Mediator of Radio France.

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