Astronaut Chris Hadfield leaves ISS with a Space Oddity

first_imgCanadian Chris Hadfield has been one of the more interesting and memorable astronauts to spend time on board the International Space Station. The reason for this is his embracing of social media and willingness to share his experiences of being in space for an extended period of time.He arrived on the ISS back in December last year, but yesterday handed over command and is now preparing to travel home. He signed off as commander in style, though. Below is his modified rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, which is sure to go down as a classic moment in the history of the ISS.Right now Hadfield is meant to be sleeping to prepare for his Soyuz flight home tonight, but as you can imagine, he’s having a little trouble drifting off and is instead posting images of Earth on Twitter. Here’s one he posted last night with the words “Canada rocks”:Hadfield was part of Expedition 35, and his leaving the ISS was signaled by the arrival of Expedition 36, headed up by the new commander Pavel Vinogradov. As part of his sign-off video, Hadfield shared the three objectives he had while he was there, which were a healthy crew, healthy spaceship, and making full use of the ISS as a research lab. He achieved all three.I think he went further than that, though. By interacting with us all through social media and taking the time to answer questions, he’s got us all thinking more about space and science. I’m pretty sure there’s more kids out there wanting to be astronauts now because of Chris Hadfield.Some of his best moments aboard ISS have been covered here on Geek, and they include his videos demonstrating how astronauts wash their hands and what happens when you wring a wet cloth in space. His last job as commander was also one of the most serious: dealing with an ammonia leak and getting it fixed in record time.last_img

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