Welcome to uh one giant leap today, we’re very excited because the wattle seeds that we have sent into space uh onto the international space station they’ve been up there for the last six months or so they’ve they’re on their way back to earth and on their way Back to australian schools uh to perform experiments, but to tell us all about that: we’ve got one giant leap: director, jackie carpenter and former nasa engineer: shannon mcconnell let’s welcome them, hello, hello, hello! How are you, ladies, hey hi, michael, very good thanks and you i’m? Well? I’M well, i’m, excited that the wattle seats are coming back. Oh they’ve been on a long holiday, um yeah. When did they go up, um 7th of december right and um? I know a few million kilometers later they’re coming home, it’s great yeah, so how many orbits of the earth have they done? Do we know that uh? I think bob calculated something around 3 000 – something around around that. So we are going to have a competition to see who can work out how far that the um space waddle seats have traveled since the 7th of december, so they’ve only circled the earth every 90 minutes. Since then, it’s been good we’re. Lucky we’ve got an expert with us who, who knows uh, who could probably calculate that shannon mcconnell you’ve seen a lot of undockings over the years i’d. Imagine work with your time at nasa, yes and um jackie’s, right, probably on the order of about 3 000 orbits, yeah wow, so last night, australian time uh, but approximately midnight, the uh, the dragon uh capsule undocked from the iss and um.

That is beginning the process. Obviously, of coming home shannon can you talk us briefly? What is involved with an undocking from the space station sure? So i haven’t worked with dragon. I’Ve worked. I worked with shuttle back in the day, but it’s it’s a similar process, so they have to um button up, get all their cargo they’re, bringing back on board the dragon. Capsule and um go through their check list and then peel off the uh, the capsule door. Capsules from the station connection and then um once they’re in the right orbit, you can’t just undock and go because you have to be in the right place above the earth to uh make your landing space. So they had to wait for that time. Probably and then they were able to disconnect and be on their way and then they they will orbit. Obviously they undocked last night they don’t land until tomorrow, sometime so they do a few always before they actually take off and and do their deorbit burn and come on in yeah right so jackie. This is. This is pretty exciting for you, i’d imagine oh yeah! I was sitting there watching last night and i was sitting there thinking like our waddle seeds are in there. You know so i have um some of the seeds here, but these ones didn’t go to space. Have a look show us those again there we go. Look at that Applause, they’re the wattle seeds and not the ones that went to space, obviously and so yeah.

I was sitting there thinking about um everyone’s waiting there’s, so many hundreds of um schools waiting for the wattle seeds to come back. The excitement is mounting. Can’T. Wait so watching last night just brought back lots of memories of how to even get the wattle seeds to where they were and all the hard work from lots of people to get them there. So that’s what i was reflecting on while i was watching and also thinking about all the people in mission control and all the people from spacex and everyone i i was – i had an image in my head. It would be good to have had an astronaut waving in the moth like bye, see when you come home and we’re looking at nasa’s uh video here from last night. This is a time lapse of uh dragon moving away from the iss, so the waddle seeds are in there. So any students watching the seeds that you’re going to be working with are in that capsule uh. Should we have a little listen to see what’s? What was what was happening last night, oh dear, i better play that women i’ve have copyright on that music that’s nasa’s music. They may have paid for that license. Um, so uh yeah, well let’s uh, let’s um. What what? What next thing jackie? Where do they go? Once where do they go from here, all right, so they’ll, splash down and obviously get retrieved and and then they’ll unpack the capsule and it’ll all get divvied up because there’s thousands of pounds of experiments? So i know that the asian herbing space program um, has got frozen basil that they grew in february march, that another group of australian um kids have grown that basil on be four: the ground control experiment, so that’s the asia herbin space program.

So the froze that frozen basil is there with our seeds and seeds from i think 10 other space agencies from around the asia pacific region, so there’s lots of people just in that one piece of kit there’s thousands of people waiting for that to come back. So what they’ll do is they’ll carefully unpack everything obviously there’ll be things that are time sensitive, that they need to get away um to scientists who are waiting to look at the results of their experiments. So then they’ll send them out back to jaxa to japan and then from there they’ll open the bags of seeds up and then they’ll send them to us. So our seeds have got a letter from the australian government saying how important they are to the australian people, because i watch a lot of border security, stuff and uh yeah. I can buy one. Shannon hasn’t got one of these, yet i don’t know yet so um, not quite as good as super imposing the graphic, but there is yeah it’s good, so um all the this. Anyone who’s getting a kit getting a kid right. We’Ll get inside of that kit, um a mission patch and a badge, but people can buy them if they want to. They can contact us, but so i think the um, the interesting thing about the getting the wattle seeds back, because they’re australian products sending them away and then into space and then back again because they’re, an australian product.

We don’t have a we’re, not importing and exporting something because it’s the same thing going out as coming back. So the paperwork has been really interesting because it’s the same thing going out, that’s coming back in again and i’m, not sure that there was a piece of paper that we could just tick a box on that. So everyone, the bios security people, the people in minister little proud’s office – everyone has helped us um go through this, because it’s never been done before so breaking ground in that and then being able to put it in the hands of students. Australian students is really exciting. Having preschools grow it having um, you know, indigenous communities grow having remote and isolated kids grow it and then feel part of doing this massive thing so um. So, even when, though, they’ve been inspected, when they were packed when they were sent over to japan when they were sent to america when they were sent to space when they come back and they get inspected again going back to japan, then they get inspected again. Coming back into australia, they’re all been in the same pack the whole time, but then, when they go to western australia, they get inspected again. So anyone in western australia they have to have a double inspection. So you just have to make sure you follow all the rules. Quarantine is really important security. Are we used to that security? Oh yeah melbourne’s really used to it sydney’s.

Well, i was gon na say that whole planet used to it yeah and that’s correct so um that is exciting, so i’m, hoping if all goes to plan i’m, hoping all the kids will be in schools ready for science week, which is in august, yeah, okay, let’s, Let’S i see i didn’t get up at midnight like you did uh so take off points for dedication there i didn’t get to see it let’s see if we can have a little bit of a look live of the uh of the the seeds undocking from the Iss uh, shall we there we go. Let’S have a look let’s uh, bring you when i say live, live last night, undocking of dragon from the international space station for its return to earth with almost five thousand three hundred pounds of research and return. Cargo, including wattle seeds, chose a new splatter point off the coast of tallahassee florida scheduled for 10 30 pm central time tomorrow. Station houston and two, the first set of hooks are open. Dragon is committed to undock. We could have an australian accent. Doing this would have would have really helped houston until all hooks open release admin current confirmed at 9 45 am central time visually confirmed copy separation confirmed there we go. I did not play the music, otherwise youtube won’t, like it um. So yes see they can’t, they can’t just drop it. You know what i mean it has to you, don’t just kind of let it go and let it just drop that you have to it has to be controlled so um they have burns to make it go to set places away from the space station into safe Zones so that um, you know to get it away to a certain distance, inspection, wise and and then um, then it slowly starts to fall down and as the earth orbits around.

I think it’s pretty amazing, though it’s that they can drop it and know exactly where it’s going to land um. You try and drop a rock off a cliff and exactly where it’s going to land is um the tech’s amazing, but the people who work there are amazing, so um it never ever ever gets um tired. If you know what i mean and so tallahassee it’s landing tomorrow, um we’re gon na try and see if we can uh catch up with it, then uh, shannon it’s gon na be splashing down in tallahassee what’s the process of a splashdown just briefly for students. I honestly have no idea, because i’ve never worked splash down missions before tallahassee’s in northern florida, so it’s going to be coming down in the water and they’ll have a some kind of a boat that will be able to go out and collect it just like they Do um anything else that you splash down with and then they’ll i don’t know. If they’ll i assume they will um tow it back into um dock they might. It might be small enough that they can lift it up onto the deck of the boat. I have no idea how they’re doing that yep, i think i’ve seen it, lift it up and put it on the back of the boat. I don’t think they’d tell it. Okay, i think it’ll be safe, but but i really don’t know i know it’s like the solid rocket boosters they just they just uh clamp those down next to the whole of the ship and dragged him in i’d.

Imagine there’s all sorts of protocols like you know, coast guard exclusion zones and things like that. Oh absolutely, absolutely massive operation, yeah there’s, no nice cool feat and there’s also there’s. Also faa, no fly zones, uh. I’M. Sorry federal aviation is the authority. No fly zones um in the area so that a nobody gets in the way, purposely and also b. Nobody gets in the way accidentally of it coming in yep, so, okay well it’s, very exciting um. Thank you both for for spending the time with us, i’m. Very excited to see the wattle come back to earth for any international viewers out there. The wattle plant in australia is kind of our national plant. It’S, a beautiful flower and we’re very excited to see what happens with the wattle going to schools and where those experiments go. We might pop in and out during the week and touch base on the on the progress and michael on our youtube channel on the one giant, leap, australia, foundation, youtube channel, there’s, a couple of hundred videos and they were all the videos from the schools. So if um, anyone is interested to see how what the schools or what the groups did to um ask for the golden model seeds, you might want to sit down with a cup of coffee and have a look i’ve laughed. I know laughed and cried through. So many teachers, zombies, um schools that are burnt down in the bushfires um.

You know you name it. The creativity in our schools in australia is amazing so to everyone who’s involved in this project. Now the excitement starts now. The fun starts so just watch this space and the seats will be back soon, it’s great, seeing how excited the students are about all this uh. Just briefly before we go. What else is happening? Jackie with one giant leap? You’Ve just had uh the virtual space mission. Well, we just did a virtual space mission for six days. Five hours a day, it was huge every single day the students met a professional in the field of expertise of which they were working, so they the first day they built their own planet. The next day they built their own spacecraft, and then they learned from a former nasa shuttle pilot how to fly spacecraft, and then they landed on a planet. This fictitious planet called vulcan and on vulcan they had to build a colony and then traverse vulcan, so um. The whole program is um called space teams and um greg chamitov former nasa astronaut patron of one giant leap. Australia foundation has created this software like minecraft, but it’s called spacecraft. So i happen to know that if you’re in america, you can sign up there’s a couple of one week: virtual space missions, um that are there on offer. But there’s a huge thing happening that we’re going to do an international spacecraft challenge, so we already have around 20 teams in australia ready to battle it out with um groups from around the world, so that’s going to be huge and that will be in september.

So um it was exhausting. I can’t tell you six days five hours a day. It was full on, but so much fun, so much fun, that’s great so september. So if anyone’s interested in taking part in that, obviously go to the website. One giant leap website. Yes, yes, yep to uh that’s, one giantlyfoundation.com.au so make sure you pop over there, and this is um. Yes, this is the promo for it. Yes, that’s all on it. Yes, so it’s very exciting. So, thank you both for joining us and taking time uh today to chat about the wattle returning and thank you. Everyone out there for watching and uh make sure you keep in touch with us to see what’s happening with the wattle 1giantleapfoundation.com.au.