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.


    • 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.

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Space oddity, indeed: 18 talks from astronauts, including Chris Hadfield

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Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who’s become a YouTube sensation aboard the International Space Station, has showed us why tears won’t fall in space and the dangers of clipping one’s fingernails in zero gravity. But he has truly outdone himself with his latest video. Scheduled to leave the space station tonight at 7pm – and to touch down in Kazakhstan hours later — Hadfield has remade David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” (For those not up on their Bowie song titles, this is the song that starts: “Ground control to Major Tom.”) Watch it — it’s truly awe-inspiring.

At TED, we’ve had talks from explorers of the mind, charterers of the polar regions and investigators of insects. Today, we’re taking a look at talks from those who’ve seen the earth from outside its atmosphere. All of these TED, TEDx, and TED-Ed speakers are astronauts, yes, but they also have…

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