Chris Hadfield – the astronaut’s best tweets, photos and videos

From Guardian

Chris Hadfield marked his handover of command of the International Space Station with a remarkable performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Paul Owen runs through the tweeting astronaut’s greatest hits.

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    • Colonel Chris Hadfield handed over command of the International Space Station yesterday, and to mark the occasion posted a remarkable performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity in which he and his guitar float around the space station in a most peculiar way – just the way, in fact, that Bowie might have envisaged when he wrote the 1969 hit.

Hadfield will fly back to earth today in a Russian Soyuz space capsule – a reference to which he shoehorned into his version of Space Oddity – and will land in Kazakhstan around 3pm BST.

The Canadian astronaut has become a social media sensation since arriving at the space station in December and starting to tweet away from over 200 miles above the globe. “Brilliant insight into every schoolboy’s dream,” wrote Liam Rudden on Twitter, while on YouTube conner sup commented wistfully: “i wish u were my dad,” perhaps indicative of two elements of Hadfield’s appeal.

The Bowie video has caused a storm, with jokey conspiracy theories already doing the rounds, Read More