Chris Hadfield, everyone’s favourite astronaut, has officially handed over control of the ISS and is preparing to return back down to Earth. He’s also going out with style, recording a cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
Seriously, just watch and enjoy a music video recorded in space. It’s pretty much the best video in the whole world right now.
Don Pettit set quite an act to follow as astronauts go, but Hadfield has followed up amazingly well. As well as recording songs from orbit, sending back videos and stunning photographs of the planet from above and even participating in a Reddit AMA, he’s become a celebrity, known by people from all walks of life. I really do love how the latest selection of astronauts have taken to using the internet to engage with us folks back down here on our blue world from their temporary home in orbit, and inspiring others. If you ask me, this is a huge part of what being an astronaut is all about. And it’s all possible, thanks to the way modern technology enables active communication across the whole world
I salute you, Commander Hadfield. Thank you for being awesome, and I hope you have a safe and comfortable ride back down to Earth!