NASA astronaut Jack D Fischer addressed hundreds of schoolchildren belonging to 22 schools at SAITED — a tech fair conducted by SAI International School in Bhubaneswar. Fischer, who logged 136 days in space during his mission earlier this year, spoke to students.
Students of city schools got a rare opportunity to volley questions at space scientist, who answered each and every one of them with honesty and wit. Fischer said: “The journey to space ages you as it involves a lot of challenges, especially taking care of your health. As there is no gravity, there is a lot of pressure on your body. You also miss your family a lot.”
Advising students to identify their passions Fischer said, “When we play friendly football matches, all teams are awarded a trophy but life is not like that. Here one has to work really hard to achieve the trophy. Identify your passion and give your hundred percent to get it.”
Fischer, in his presentation, described the life of astronauts in the space station. “On our mission, my team members and I worked on around 337 experiments, the most major one on cancer drugs,” he said.
The NASA engineer said the most beautiful feeling was the one that came to him everyday as he woke up and started working on projects that aimed at improving all lives. “Science is all about such innovation,” he said. Fischer also met chief minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to Bhubaneswar.