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With his Larrivée guitar, retro ’stache, and awesome Twitter feed, charismatic Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield inspired millions of earthlings to dream of the stars. During his five-month mission, the International Space Station commander, who took the helm in March, employed all manner of social media to reveal the mysteries of space: videos about crying in zero gravity, a musical collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies and the Wexford Gleeks, a lively Reddit chat, and, most famously, a music-video cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity (viewed some 19 million times). Down-to-earth even when he was 350 kilometres above it, Hadfield’s surprisingly intimate photos—of big cities, farms, mountains, volcanoes, and heart-shaped inlets—reminded us that it really is a small world.



@WilliamShatner @Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? 3 Jan

@Cmdr_Hadfield @WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface. 3 Jan


Seven billion hearts, but I can see only one. #ValentineFromSpace 14 Feb


Good Morning, Earth! A Wednesday in space, time for 16 sunrises, a day of research work, and tonight Kevin hands me the spaceship’s keys. 13 Mar


Volcanoes iced with snow—just Southeast of the Black Sea (in Armenia or the surrounding area). 16 Mar


A Full Moon. It may not be made of chocolate, but it makes for a wonderfully natural Easter egg. 31 Mar


Tonight’s Finale: Italy, heel and toe. 10 Apr

Tonight’s Finale: A somber Spring night in Boston. 15 Apr

There is no try—only do. May the 4th be with you 4 May

Makkah (مكة), spiritual home to over a billion of us. 4 May

Tonight’s Finale: Our Sun is immensely, unfathomably powerful. 6 May

A small southern hemisphere cyclone spinning off the African coast. 7 May

Same land, different politics. The U.S.-Mexican border, seen from space. 8 May


@DavidBowieReal CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! “Hallo Spaceboy…” 12 May



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