Astronaut to visit J.J. Curling Elementary

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J.J. Curling Elementary students Scott Beales, left, and Tori Gosse are looking forward to astronaut Jeremy Hansen’s visit on June 3.

Tori Gosse and Scott Beales have a lot of questions about space, from what it’s like to travel there to wondering if extraterrestrial beings exist.

On June 3 they’ll get a chance to possibly find out the answers to those questions when astronaut Jeremy Hansen of the Canadian Space Agency visits J.J. Curling Elementary.

Hansen graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training in 2011 and is currently a crew support astronaut for expedition 34/35.

His visit comes at a perfect time for Gosse and Beales.

Gosse, 11, is taking part in this year’s space camp trip to Cosmodome in Laval, Que. next month and Beales, 10, has already signed up for next year’s trip.

Gosse only entered Grade 6 at J.J. Curling this past November, and when she heard about the space camp trip knew she had to go.

“I think it would be fun and I’ve never been to an actual space camp, to where they take you and you do fun stuff.

“And I just love space and science,” she said. “I love how almost every year, every day they’re discovering something new about space.”

Like the recent discovery of a new dwarf planet, she added.

Gosse said her interest in space and science goes back to when she was “really” little.

Last year her family took a trip to Washington, D.C. and visited a big science museum.

“There was gigantic planets everywhere,” she said with excitement in her voice.

Gosse said when she heard about Hansen’s upcoming visit she was excited.

“I want to ask him how it was actually going up to space, what it felt like and the experience.”

Beales, a Grade 5 student, wants to know if Hansen has ever been to the International Space Station.

He admits to being skeptical of what space camp would involve, thinking it would just be a bunch of fake space shuttles.

That changed when he saw a slideshow from last year’s camp.

“I was like, ‘Wow, wow,’” he said. “I always see on TV those antigravity things where you get blown up in the air ... I thought that would be pretty cool to go in one of those.”

Beales said he’s also been into space and science for a while, and recalls his dad ordering him a space set when he was in Grade 2. The set included a book about each planet.

“I can remember I would read one every night and I read all of them at least seven times.”

He’s especially fascinated with anything extraterrestrial.

“Could there actually be aliens, because you never know,” he said. “I think it would be pretty cool if there was.”

Organizations: Canadian Space Agency, Grade 5

Geographic location: Laval, Washington, D.C.

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