If you are on Twitter, or even if you aren’t, you are probably aware of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Commander Hadfield has been tweeting and social media-ing up a storm from the International Space Station ever since he arrived on December 21, 2012, as a member of Expedition 35. From zero-g grooming and cooking tips to science experiments, Hadfield has reignited for many the lost thrill of our manned space flight program. If this is all news to you, or you just want to relive Hadfield’s greatest hits, the Guardian has you covered. And if you think he spent all his time playing around, check out this list of experiments he’s been actively conducting aboard the ISS.
Commander Hadfield is scheduled to return to Earth today. His parting gift to us is probably the most applicable cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” ever to be recorded. It’s hard to watch it and not get a little misty eyed. While I will miss his stunning pictures from orbit, I have no doubt that Hadfield will continue to spark our imaginations back on Earth’s surface. I highly recommend we all stay tuned.
UPDATE 12:35pm: A short read on the making of the video.