This article was originally written by SM Kailash Kalidoss and later adapted to third-person point of view for publishing.
To Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and all things outer space, the 8th annual Novato Space Festival was held at the Pacheco Plaza shopping center on August 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at the museum and on Pacheco Plaza’s Center Stage. This fun and educational family event was presented by the Space Station Museum.
SM Kailash Kalidoss attended the event on behalf of our squadron. He had a chance to meet some of the NASA astronauts and speak to them in person. Astronauts including Al Worden, who participated in the Apollo 15 moon mission, shuttle crew members Dan Bursch, Steve Smith, and Novato’s own shuttle astronaut Yvonne Cagle were present. There were many interesting questions asked by the audience during the Q/A session. SM Kalidoss had the opportunity to ask astronaut Yvonne Cagle some questions. She happens to be a surgeon as well, quite impressive.
Some of the questions to Yvonne Cagle and her responses:
- How do we deal with medical emergencies such as blood transfusion or cardiac events in space?
It would be certainly more difficult to address these issues in space. For blood transfusion, we rely on creating negative pressure and a pumping system in the body. For cardiac events, we have a patient bed with tie–downs to hold the patient to a fixed position as much as possible before administering treatment.
- Is there a way to simulate artificial gravity?
Yes, there are, but these are complicated techniques. We try to perform most treatments in zero gravity.
All the astronauts then autographed the new Apollo USPS stamp to be released and also participated in several books launch events.
The CAP team from Marin Squadron (Fritz and Dave) helped on the exhibit Fighter Jet from USS Hornet; they were helping with the cockpit demonstration. This was also an opportunity to attract prospective CAP members.
There were several aerospace artifacts on the display, such as the Apollo Space shuttle Wheels, Spacesuits, Asteroid fragment collections, Virgin Galactic, NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, NASA Communications Center – Ames, NASA Goddard – Hubble space tools/Ed Rezac.
It also gave SM Kalidoss an opportunity to collect some goodies (posters/stickers/information fliers on a few topics) and pictures with Astronauts from the event.