The video accompanying this article, was uploaded to Facebook by Tom Finch, and was taken from the recently screened BBC show ‘Stargazing Live’, which focussed on the highly publicised ‘Space Walk’ of the British astronaut Tim Peake, to repair a broken solar panel on the International Space Station (ISS), which is believed to be currently orbiting the Earth.
The video comprises a short conversation between Dr. Brian Cox and Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who last year, regaled a worldwide Television and Internet audience with his rendition of the David Bowie Classic ‘Space Oddity’, while orbiting the Earth aboard the ISS.
During that conversation, Hadfield makes some unexpected revelations, that must now surely raise some serious questions.
The video and audio is not the best quality, so I have transcribed the conversation for clarity.
BRIAN COX: “How important is the engineering? That we have learned to build such a large structure in orbit?
CHRIS HADFIELD: “It’s sort of as if a little kid is sailing a sailboat on a pond remotely. At some point, that person starts to sail a sailboat up and down the coast, then they invent and study and learn to figure out all the things they need to do, so that maybe … then someday, they can actually sail out of sight of land. And the station [ISS] has been orbiting the Earth as if … we are sort of … as if we are sailing in sight of land, as we invent … I mean …
What do we make the hull out of?
How do you navigate?
What food do you need?
How do you make a toilet that will work forever?
How do you recycle water?
How do you recycle the oxygen?
It’s the main crucible test that we’ve been trying to grind out all the lessons, that’ll eventually … ‘LET US GO TO THE MOON … AND EVEN FURTHER AWAY!'”