Chris Hadfield may not be floating around in space anymore, but plenty of people still think he’s out of this world.
The astronaut and international celebrity talked to about 400 École Dieppe students and 100 parents via Skype on May 5, also known as Music Monday, which is "an annual event that brings together thousands of students, musicians, parents and community members across the country to celebrate the gift of music in our lives, on the same day at the same time", according to musicmonday.ca
"What happens on Music Monday is at the same time across Canada, everyone is united in song, whether they play instruments or sing a song," said Andrea Wicha, music teacher at École Dieppe.
In addition to schools and organizations being united in song at the same time, there was also a contest to win a Skype chat with Hadfield.
"When you entered your school or organization online as participating in Music Monday, you were automatically entered into a draw to Skype with Chris Hadfield," Wicha said.
École Dieppe was the winner, and the students and parents, seated in the gym in front of a large projection screen, got to talk to Hadfield, who was in Edmonton, Alta.
"We asked the students to submit questions, and then the principal (Elaine Giasson) and vice-principal (Rodelyn Stoeber) chose four students to ask (Hadfield) questions from the box of questions," Wicha said.
One student asked if it was hard to walk once he got back to Earth, and another asked how he eats and sleeps in space.
Wicha was also able to ask Hadfield a question about how music influences his life, as Hadfield is also known for his song with Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson, Is Somebody Singing.
"My question was how he began his musical journey and what influenced him," Wicha said.
The Skype chat was only supposed to be a few minutes long, but it lasted more than half an hour.