“American astronaut Peggy Whitson on Thursday became the woman who has performed the most orbital sorties by starting a new space walk with her compatriot Shane Kimbrough to perform a series of jobs outside the International Space Station ( ISS). "

Source: La Presse

“The 57-year-old astronaut is making the eighth orbital expedition of his career, breaking the record held so far by his compatriot Suni Williams, who has seven to his credit. "

Source: La Presse

The activities in this guide will allow students to familiarize themselves with the profession of astronaut as well as with space tourism.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Explain the details of the record set by Peggy Whiston;
- Develop a timeline for the various Canadian space missions;
- Develop an imaginary space tourism trip;
- Create an infographic to encourage people to do space tourism.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Rare exit in orbit

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it. Begin this activity by asking students if they can name any female astronauts.

Display this item showcasing how American Peggy Whiston made history this week by breaking the orbit record. However, this spacewalk was tinged with a rare situation that could have been problematic. Watch this video in order to know all the details.

Check students' understanding by questioning them, here are some questions:

1. What is the ISS?
2. Who were the astronauts on duty?
3. What is the incident?
4. What was the blanket used for?
5. How was the problem resolved?
6. What could be the future danger related to the incident?
7. Etc.

ACTIVITY 2: Canadian Astronauts

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it. Begin this activity by asking students if they can name the different space missions performed by Canadian astronauts.
Take a brief look at this compilation detailing the nine Canadians who set foot in space.

Invite the students to create an interactive timeline, via the site Tiki Toki by writing down the years of the missions, the names of the astronauts involved and the name of the spacecraft used.

ACTIVITY 3: Space tourism

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it. Ask students if they would like to travel in space and explain their choice.
Suggest that students look to the future when travel to orbit becomes as common as travel overseas today.

Have them design a promotional poster as if they were a travel agency specializing in space tourism.

What types of preparation should tourists do before purchasing this type of trip? What kinds of luggage would they bring with them? How long would the journey be? Etc.

Distribute to students this template so that they are able to clearly define their ideas with short sentences and evocative keywords suitable for making an infographic. They will also have to invent the space travel badge. In addition, a blank template is also included if you prefer to enter your personalized information categories.
Invite the students to make an infographic, via the site Can go, based on the information they will have imagined and recorded in their work template.

For further

Follow Peggy Whiston on Twitter as well as on top Facebook.

More about the magazine

25 years ago, the first Canadian in space
Radio-Canada, January 22, 2017

Peggy Whitson, champion of spacewalks
Journal de Montréal, March 30, 2017

Peggy Whitson sets spacewalk record
Canoe, March 30, 2017

At 57, American astronaut Peggy Whitson becomes woman with the most spacewalks
20 Minutes, March 31, 2017