Astro HAL Campaign: Wearing a space suit everyday, reaching out to the community.: Page 4

Community outreach is a huge part of being an astronaut, because astronauts are inspirational figures who show us the impossible is possible, that it’s not too far out of reach.

Which is why, from March 18 until August 31 (167 days), I wore an astronaut costume to capture one photograph with a new person every day. I volunteered in various organizations, raised funds and wore the suit where appropriate. I wanted to prove to the world that I care enough about humanity that you should care to send me into space in the Axe Apollo Contest. I hope that I earned a bit of your trust, faith, and hopefully sparked a little inspiration along the ride. Enjoy the pics and videos!


Day 36: Jerisse tried to make this space cadet more level-headed, without success.

Day 36: Jerisse tried to make this space cadet more level-headed, without success.

Day 35: Trying to convince Siri that I’m not the same as HAL-9000… but she still won’t talk to me.

Day 35: Trying to convince Siri that I’m not the same as HAL-9000… but she still won’t talk to me.

Day 34: Getting my boarding pass for the next flight to space from Alex, Air Canada.

Day 34: Getting my boarding pass for the next flight to space from Alex, Air Canada.

Day 33: Getting an astro-massage from Chantelle at New Balance Chiropractic Clinic. Even astronauts take breaks.

Day 33: Getting an astro-massage from Chantelle at New Balance Chiropractic Clinic. Even astronauts take breaks.

Day 32: Amber is the colour of her energy

Day 32: Amber is the colour of her energy

Day 32: Coffin contest with the Bear’s Christina

Day 32: Coffin contest with the Bear’s Christina

Day 31: Fun interview with Jonny and J’Lyn from 92.5 Fresh FM!

Day 31: Fun interview with Jonny and J’Lyn from 92.5 Fresh FM!

Day 30: Bonding with Kitty. Now a required part of astronaut training.

Day 30: Bonding with Kitty. Now a required part of astronaut training.

Day 30: Jammin’ with Celeste, Pierre-Hebert & Tyler

Day 30: Jammin’ with Celeste, Pierre-Hebert & Tyler

Day 29: Mike “the friendly grocer” at Save-On Foods

Day 29: Mike “the friendly grocer” at Save-On Foods

Day 28: Dwayne “Magic hands” was our guide for the Magic Bus ride to Jasper

Day 28: Dwayne “Magic hands” was our guide for the Magic Bus ride to Jasper

Day 28: Ben “too rad not to stop” at Marmot

Day 28: Ben “too rad not to stop” at Marmot

Day 28: Explaining the strangeness to Lisa & Doug

Day 28: Explaining the strangeness to Lisa & Doug

Day 28: Putting heads together with Mei Shen

Day 28: Putting heads together with Mei Shen

Day 27: Skyping with Aunt Trish and meeting her new dog Baxter

Day 27: Skyping with Aunt Trish and meeting her new dog Baxter

Day 26: Tiera, Tranden “TO” and Larissa “Bathtronauts” at CCIS

Day 26: Tiera, Tranden “TO” and Larissa “Bathtronauts” at CCIS

Day 25: Stargazing, Orion’s Nebula. Below the belt.

Day 25: Stargazing, Orion’s Nebula. Below the belt.

Day 25: Awesome astronomers at the University of Alberta Observatory

Day 25: Awesome astronomers at the University of Alberta Observatory

Day 25: Pavel & Box “All the way!” at the University of Alberta Observatory

Day 25: Pavel & Box “All the way!” at the University of Alberta Observatory

Day 24: Trevor “strangest thing all day” at Chapters

Day 24: Trevor “strangest thing all day” at Chapters

Day 23: Friendly dental hygienists encouraged me to brush my teeth in space

Day 23: Friendly dental hygienists encouraged me to brush my teeth in space

Day 23: Fatema & Tim at my old stomping grounds in ECERF

Day 23: Fatema & Tim at my old stomping grounds in ECERF

Day 23: Councillor Linda Sloan totally game for hanging out with a space fanatic

Day 23: Councillor Linda Sloan totally game for hanging out with a space fanatic

Day 22: Sean “Water Breathing” Donovan at Underwater Hockey

Day 22: Sean “Water Breathing” Donovan at Underwater Hockey

Day 21: Filming “Astro-HAL vs. the Alien” with a terrific group of friends

Day 21: Filming “Astro-HAL vs. the Alien” with a terrific group of friends

Day 20: Arun “Biochem leader” at the Edmonton Regional Science Fair

Day 20: Arun “Biochem leader” at the Edmonton Regional Science Fair

Day 19: Feng “Welcome to the Nest!” at Newton Place

Day 19: Feng “Welcome to the Nest!” at Newton Place

Day 19: Wendy & Rattan “Won’t let you go!” at Avenue Pizza

Day 19: Wendy & Rattan “Won’t let you go!” at Avenue Pizza

Day 18: Gettin’ Down With the Clown with Brad OH

Day 18: Gettin’ Down With the Clown with Brad OH

Day 17: Brittany “Let’s Zuuuummmmmbaaaa” Denelle after an intense Zumba by Brittany class

Day 17: Brittany “Let’s Zuuuummmmmbaaaa” Denelle after an intense Zumba by Brittany class

Day 16: Robert J. Sawyer, my favourite SF author, at the launch of his mystery sci-fi “Red Planet Blues”

Day 16: Robert J. Sawyer, my favourite SF author, at the launch of his mystery sci-fi “Red Planet Blues”

Day 16: Natasha Deen & Rosemarie Boll “against animal space testing” at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 16: Natasha Deen & Rosemarie Boll “against animal space testing” at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 16: Billie “Steampunk fabricator” Milholland at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 16: Billie “Steampunk fabricator” Milholland at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 16: Barb “Editing Guru” Galler-Smith at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 16: Barb “Editing Guru” Galler-Smith at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 16: Christina “There’s no up in space” Frost at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 16: Christina “There’s no up in space” Frost at “Red Planet Blues” Edmonton Book Launch

Day 15: Kelci, Andrea, Evon, and Shannon “Astro-yoginis” at Lotus Soul Gym

Day 15: Kelci, Andrea, Evon, and Shannon “Astro-yoginis” at Lotus Soul Gym

Day 14: Sanchit, Michelle & Ann “Three-Six-Fivers” at Hawrelak Park

Day 14: Sanchit, Michelle & Ann “Three-Six-Fivers” at Hawrelak Park

Day 13: Friendly shoppers at Northgate Mall

Day 13: Friendly shoppers at Northgate Mall

Day 13: Easter Bunny and Astro-Bunny at Northgate Mall

Day 13: Easter Bunny and Astro-Bunny at Northgate Mall

Elijah & Jesse

Day 12: Eljiah “Cool Chill” & Jesse “Claimed a hug” at Chapters Strathcona.

Covey, I will mow your lawn.

Day 12: Covey “Live-action social media” on Gateway Boulevard

Tabitha & Tatiana

Day 12: Tabitha “Awesome Tangle” & Tatiana “No room on iPhone!” outside Chapters Strathcona

Day 10 EXTRA: David “Leftie Gills” Bortolin

Day 10 EXTRA: David “Leftie Gills” Bortolin

Day 10 BONUS: David “I swear I’m not drowning him” Bortolin

Day 10 BONUS: David “I swear I’m not drowning him” Bortolin

Day 11: Amber “Why do I always get the weird ones?” at Wild Earth

Day 11: Amber “Why do I always get the weird ones?” at Wild Earth

Day 10: Darrell “Mr. Productivity” Toma from Productivity Alberta

Day 10: Darrell “Mr. Productivity” Toma from Productivity Alberta

Day 9: Linh “Water gangster” Hoangh and Mei “Revenge for throwing me in the Saskatchewan River” Shen

Day 9: Linh “Water gangster” Hoangh and Mei “Revenge for throwing me in the Saskatchewan River” Shen

Day 8: Glen “Balloon Master” LaValley at Boreal Laser

Day 8: Glen “Balloon Master” LaValley at Boreal Laser

Pamphlet

Pamphlet

Day 7: Honey “You need moisturizer in that suit” at West Edmonton Mall

Day 7: Honey “You need moisturizer in that suit” at West Edmonton Mall

Day 7: Brad “Astronaut brother in Borden” & Tyler “Who and why…” at WEM Scotia Theatre

Day 7: Brad “Astronaut brother in Borden” & Tyler “Who and why…” at WEM Scotia Theatre

Day 5: Hamish “This is simple math!” Adams at Boreal Laser

Day 5: Hamish “This is simple math!” Adams at Boreal Laser

Day 4: Matt “Give it back!” Dzikowski at Boreal Laser

Day 4: Matt “Give it back!” Dzikowski at Boreal Laser

Day 3: Jesse “Can I bring a razor?” Reynolds at Boreal Laser

Day 3: Jesse “Can I bring a razor?” Reynolds at Boreal Laser

Day 2: David “Just needs a hug” Mailhot at Boreal Laser.

Day 2: David “Just needs a hug” Mailhot at Boreal Laser.

Day 1: Brian “Canadian Tire” McPherson at Boreal Laser

Day 1: Brian “Canadian Tire” McPherson at Boreal Laser

Mission Statement

Mission Statement