Chris Hadfield is an astronaut for the 21st century.
The Canadian former fighter pilot and current commander of the International Space Station has shown a supreme mastery of social media. He has hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit from space and has filmed several hugely popular YouTube videos demonstrating what it looks like when a wet cloth is wrung out in zero-gravity (oddly beautiful) and what happens when an astronaut cries (the tears don’t fall). He has also kept those of us on Earth enthralled by posting beautiful photos from space to his Twitter account,@Cmdr_Hadfield, which now boasts more than 800,000 followers. But Hadfield will surely gain a few more in the coming days as his latest creation spreads across the Web.
In preparation for his departure from the ISS, Hadfield has recorded a version of David Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity,” complete with some orbital strumming on an acoustic guitar and ambient sounds that Hadfield taped on the station. (See this videofor Hadfield’s explanation of why the space station has an onboard guitar, and why it’s hard to play guitar in space.)
via Scientific American – John Matson
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