Oh, and a ride in a rocket, probably provided by SpaceX or Blue Origin. Based in Houston, Texas, space company Axiom Space has had French designer Philippe Starck create luxury padded interiors for its habitation module. The plan is to attach a module to the ISS, primarily for the astronauts at first, but then to orbit alone as a full-fledged space station for space tourists. Bigelow has another much larger inflatable, space habitat, the BA which is set to go into space in , that could become a building block for an independent orbiting space station.
If the price of getting into space comes down, it is likely that countries that presently have no space programme will want to send their own astronauts into orbit, for scientific research and for national prestige.
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Lots of people exercise to relieve stress. At the beginning of , Payette joined the Communications and science department of the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Switzerland, for a one-year visiting scientist appointment.
When she returned to Canada, in January , she joined the Speech Research Group of Bell-Northern Research in Montreal where she was responsible for a project in telephone speech comprehension using computer voice recognition. She practices running, skiing, racquet sports and scuba diving. After undergoing basic training in Canada, she worked as a technical advisor for the Mobile Servicing System , an advanced robotics system and Canada's contribution to the International Space Station.
In preparation for a space assignment, Payette obtained her commercial pilot licence and logged hours as a research operator on reduced gravity aircraft. In April , Payette was certified as a one-atmosphere deep sea diving suit operator. Payette has logged more than 1, hours of flight time,  including hours on high-performance jet aircraft.
Payette reported to the Johnson Space Center in August to begin mission specialist training.
After completing one year of training, she was assigned to work on the Mobile Servicing System. Payette served as chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from to She also worked as capsule communicator at the Mission Control Center in Houston for several years, including the return to flight mission STS She was lead capsule communicator during STS During the mission, the crew performed the first manual docking of the shuttle to the International Space Station, and delivered four tons of logistics and supplies to the station.
On Discovery , Payette served as a mission specialist. Her main responsibility was to operate the Canadarm robotic arm from the space station.
Payette visited the space station again in as a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour during mission STS from July 15 to 31, , and was the flight engineer and lead robotic operator during the mission. Endeavour ' s docking at the space station marked the first time two Canadians met in space. During her second mission, Payette brought a signed sweater of the famed Montreal Canadiens player Maurice Richard , stating she had brought Richard, who was known as "The Rocket", into the rocket to celebrate the hockey team's th anniversary.
Her term was scheduled to begin October 2, , after the completion of briefings from the incumbent, David Johnston. Payette was installed as Canada's 29th Governor General on October 2, Afterwards, she urged Canadians to work together on issues such as climate change, migration and poverty. This is exactly what I hope my mandate as the Governor General will reflect," Payette said.
George Dvorsky from Gizmodo. Payette holds 27 honorary doctorates,  Some of the honorary degrees she has received:. Payette assisted in the carrying of the Olympic flag in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver , British Columbia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it.
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