One would think that after a 6-month voyage into space one’s life back on Earth would be indisputably mundane. What can be more exciting than living aboard the International Space Station and being among the stars? If you ask Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques he would respond that, among the two, Earth is more interesting than any quest into space.
After such an experience, Saint-Jacques feels more attracted to life on Earth, especially for the little pleasures of life. Obviously, he does not regret anything about his voyage to space. Who would? But there were several things he missed while on the International Space Station, such as fresh fruits, the wind, among other things. But the ones he missed more were his children.
Life after zero gravity
His three children were an important aspect of his re-adaptation to the conditions on Earth. Among the consequences of spaceflight on the human body can be included muscle atrophy, the deterioration of skeleton, balance and vision disorders, etc. From a mental health perspective, Saint-Jacques said that he is good. But physically, he is halfway to a complete recovery.
Space and the absence of gravity change the body, more times than not, in a negative way. His circulatory system was affected. His feel and soles turned smooth. The astronaut still experiences moments of vertigo and wobbliness as the brain is still confused after such a long period in zero gravity.
Researchers at CSA (the Canadian Space Agency) are monitoring Saint-Jacques to gather more data about the effects of no-gravity environment for future missions into space
David Saint-Jacques was received like a hero upon his return back to his home country. He was welcomed by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and had several interviews in which he described the mission and also some of the memorable parts of being in space. Among them can be enumerated the time when he used Canadarm2 to “cosmic catch” a SpaceX cargo when he went on a spacewalk that lasted six hours and a half or the moment he left the International Space Station behind in his spacesuit and he felt both insignificant and not alone.
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