Space enthusiasm continues to flourish as astronauts are now growing chilli peppers from seed on the International Space Station, billionaires are being launched into suborbital space, and the Hubble telescope captures breathtaking views of the universe. Accordingly, Joseph Brant museum reopens to the public with the launch of “HEALTH IN SPACE”, their current exhibit running until September 18.
This interactive display introduces Canadian astronaut David Saint Jacques who spent 204 days aboard the International Space Station studying health challenges of variable gravity, radiation and isolation for those working beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Able to pilot Soyuz spacecraft, operate Canadarm 2, and conduct space walks, he has been involved in much important research. For example, changes in astronauts’ health are tracked by their Smart Shirts and headbands that constantly monitor their vital signs. This provides knowledge about the effects of weightlessness and inactivity on bone health and more, and this knowledge will be applied for safer space travel as well as improving health on earth.
As a youngster, David Saint Jacques was always fascinated with outer space and he has a special message for young people.
“IF YOUR DREAM ISN’T SCARY, IT’S NOT BIG ENOUGH,” HE SAID, “SURE, USE YOUR HEAD, GET A JOB. BUT DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF WONDER.”
He is grateful for the privilege to have represented Canada on the International Space Station. The original Joseph Brant Museum, a 1937 replica of the house Brant built on a 1798 Crown land grant stands atop the newer addition, where you will find “Health in Space” as well as permanent exhibits; Burlington’s gallery that presents the city’s history, the costume gallery takes you back in time to the famous Brant Inn and the children’s educational gallery with stationary bikes, lighted pegs for creating bridges, and more. As per marketing manager Janet Stephens, “as an abundance of caution, the children’s gallery will stay closed for now and reopen when safety is assured” Visitors are welcome to browse the gift shop on site and take an elevator to the second-floor roof garden. There’s plenty to do for the whole family.
For more information, visit museumsofburlington.ca
Article by Leslie Styles