April 22, 2013 9:37 am

Astronaut Chris Hadfield chats live with Halifax students

Chris Hadfield answering students' questions from the International Space Station

Mayya Assouad/ Global News

HALIFAX — Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is a busy man, but the commander of the international space station always seems to take time to share his experience. On Monday he spent 20 minutes answering questions from students in Halifax.

“Do you get bored in space?” asked by Liam Hartigan, a grade 9 Bedford Junior High School student.

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“I never get bored, there’s so many things to do,” answered Hadfield. “If I have a couple of minutes then I grab my camera and I race over to the windows and try to get a picture of what part of the world is underneath us.”

The astronaut, who has more than 695,000 twitter followers, says he feels it’s vital to show what so few people ever get to see.

“There are only 6 of us in space and over 6 billion people (on earth),” he said.

Today’s event also celebrated the launch of the National Film Board’s space school website.

The site, which was created in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, provides an online learning experience targeted at grades 6 to 9. Currently students can learn about leadership, the life of Chris Hadfield and his mission.

Paul McNeill, the board’s Atlantic Centre producer, says students can expect much more in the coming months.

“Over the summer and over the next few years we’re going to add new modules where kids can learn about the environment, robotics, history, all from the perspective of your classroom being in space,” he said.

Hadfield is expected to return to Earth on May 13.

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