…and thanks for all the Tweets!
The burning fire that made me want to pursue this for my whole life was absolutely turned on by watching the race to the Moon, eventually seeing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on its surface. – Chris Hadfield
On Monday, June 10, Canadian Space Agency astronaut and former International Space Station Commander, Chris Hadfield, announced his up-coming retirement from the agency. After 35 distinguished years in government service, and capturing the hearts of millions world-wide, the 53 year old Sarnia, Ontario native cited a desire to return to Canada in order to pursue other personal and professional challenges. His retirement becomes official on July 3, 2013.
Well, Mr Hadfield, while it is certainly possible to retire from the agency, I think, in your case, it will be impossible to retire from being awesome. I won’t get into the details of Mr Hadfield’s amazingly impressive career. For those of you interested they can be found here, and here, and yep, also here. What I will get into is why he matters to us, why he interests us, why he defines the word ‘hero’, and why the world fell in love with him. Simply put, it’s because he let us.
Widely loved for his inspiring messages and breath-taking images from orbit, Cmdr Hadfield became a Twitter superstar.
Chris Hadfield – New York City shining by night. Central Park is visible from space, and maybe even the light on the Statue of Liberty.
Chris Hadfield – The beauty of the Bahamas is surreal; every blue that exists. Taken on New Year’s Day, 2013 from the Space Station.
Chris Hadfield: Polka-Dot Desert – centre-point irrigation farms in Egypt. A life necessity viewed from a stellar vantage point.
Chris Hadfield: Valentine’s Day Tweet - Seven billion hearts, but I can see only one.
These and all of Cmdr Hadfield’s Tweets can be found here.
With quirky-cool videos Cmdr Hadfield brought us along with him aboard the ISS. He mastered the art of education through humor, amazement, and inclusion.
More of Chris Hadfield’s videos can be found on the Canadian Space Agency’s YouTube Channel.
Hadfield had several ‘music from space’ firsts during his free time aboard the ISS during Expedition 35. His song Jewel in the Night, the first song recorded in space, was released via YouTube on December 24, 2012.
Hadfield then closed out his ISS mission by recording the first music video in space. On May 12, after turning over command of the station, Hadfield released a music video rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. As of this writing, the video has received 15,938,725 views on YouTube.
Thank you Commander Hadfield for your service and your inspiration.
Chris Hadfield: Tonight’s Finale: The full moon rises over the only planet we have ever called home.