Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield, became an internet sensation by giving us on Earth a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of those living and working on the International Space Station and the spectacular views they see every day.
From playing guitar, to showing how astronauts get their hair cut, Hadfield shared everything with us from the International Space Station (ISS) through social media.
On Sunday, Hadfield handed overcommand of the space station to Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and today, almost after a five month trip to space, he has safely landed back on earth.
Canadian space agency on his return tweeted:
144 days on the #ISS, 146 days in space, 2,336 orbits around the planet and clocked almost 62 million miles. What a ride!— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) May 14, 2013
And he tweeted later:
Safely home - back on Earth, happily readapting to the heavy pull of gravity. Wonderful to smell and feel Spring.— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 14, 2013
Many of his followers on social media also greeted him on his return.
@cmdr_hadfield welcome home. Thank you for your amazing pictures of our beautiful planet. It’s been incredibly inspiring!— Niels Hartvig (@umbraco) May 14, 2013
@cmdr_hadfield Welcome back hope you are prepared for stardom. A record deal will be next :-))— Wincey Willis (@WinceyWillis1) May 14, 2013
As internet’s beloved astronaut is back, here we have compiled top 5 highlights of his space trip for you to look at and enjoy.
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1. His Contribution To Amazing Earth Photos From Space
His valuable contribution to earth photos from space is definitely a highlight. From Syria to North Korea he presented everything from a different perspective.
North central England in April. A web of roads, railways and light. Do you recognize the cities? twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 4, 2013
Utah ski hills, dry powder and Winter Olympics. Next year I'll get some skiing in. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 12, 2013
Manila in the evening, her formidable port clearly visible from orbit. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 8, 2013
Syria, from a different perspective. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 3, 2013
Tonight's Finale: The Galapagos - just far enough apart to give Darwin something to think about. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) April 29, 2013
Check out some more photos shared by Hadfield over here.
2. The most social media savvy astronaut became an internet sensation:
Since he went into space on Dec. 19, 2012, Hadfield has actively been present on social media through a a number of of tweets, photos, videos and interviews. His followers on twitter increased approximately 20,000 to more than 850,000 as of Monday. That increase sort of explains everything!
BBC's science editor called Hadfield "the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin."
One Brazilian news organization dubbed him the "pop astronaut."
Former NASA astronaut Kent Rominger said about Hadfield:
"Even there… the discussion I got into was centered around how Chris Hadfield has singularly done more to expose space travel and the International Space Station than any other single individual."
3. His more than 100 Experiments
Hadfield during his time in space conducted more than 100 extraordinary experiments. To mention a few, he studied the effect of the space environment on embryonic stem cells and also tried to understand the impact on humans of living without gravity.
Here are a few videos that you may check out:
There are many other amazing experiment videos shared by Chris Hadfield that you can check out over here.
4. Hadfield’s sense of humor and creativity.
The most social media savvy astronaut ever definitely has a great sense of humor and is extremely creative. No doubt he kept everyone engaged and entertained through his tweets.
Check out a few of his entertaining and creative tweets below:
Good to know that after 5 months, my Sokhol pressure suit still fits. It's what we wear in the Soyuz. High fashion. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 7, 2013
It's not easy putting on the Sokhol pressure suit - a tight squeeze. Like being born in reverse. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 7, 2013
Even on the Space Station we have refrigerator art. Thanks Jordan! twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 6, 2013
5. Last but not the least, Hadfield’s farewell ‘space oddity’ cover:
This one’s definitely a highlight and it deserved a separate mention.
As he returned back to earth he bid farewell to earth in his own style. Hadfield before coming released a video of his version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, which NASA said is the first music video made in space.
In the video, Hadfield sings Bowie’s classic while floating along with an acoustic guitar. The moving video got so popular over the weekend that Bowie himself tweeted it.
So, these were 5 highlights of Chris Hadfield trip to space. If you think there something else that worth a mention, please add in the comment.