the 4th of November, the First Canadian Chapter of the 99s had the
opportunity to have lunch with Julie Payette and the crew of the
Shuttle Endeavor - The Endeavor came back from docking with the space station
two weeks ago.
On this mission Julie took drops of water from the
Great Lakes, the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans to space and
brought them back to present them to The Royal Ontario Museum in
Toronto, where the luncheon was held. It will be part of an
environmental display there and a reminder of the fragility of our
planet with its limited resources. The crew took turns describing
what was happening in a video taken on their journey and some of
their experiences living in space with zero gravity.
I was particularly moved by Julie’s words describing the
working together of nations on the space station. It did not matter
what language you spoke growing up, it was all one team working
together in space and that when you looked down on planet Earth you
cannot see where one country ends and another starts. No borders are
visible. We are all in it together on the planet.