Chris Hadfield, the commander of the International Space Station, waves at the conclusion of a video conference with Prime Minister Stephen Harper (not pictured) at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
OTTAWA - Schoolchildren from across Canada were uplifted by some star power Friday, when astronaut Chris Hadfield beamed down via video link to the Aviation Museum Friday for a question-and-answer period moderated by the prime minister.
An 11-year-old called Darcy McRae asked the Canadian commander of the International Space Station whether Canada looked from space the way it does on a map.
Hadfield responded that he could see from the Rockies to Ottawa from a position above Winnipeg, adding that he is always moved by Canada's vastness and the "pockets of light" that mark its urban centres.
"I thought it was a great response," Darcy told QMI Agency.
Darcy, from Ottawa, was diagnosed with a brain tumour three years ago and was at the event as part of the Children's Wish Foundation.