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Ground Control to Major Tom “Ground Control to Major Tom, Commencing Countdown, engines on…” If you know the 70′s, you most certainly know these lines from David Bowie’s Space Oddity song. Just a couple of days ago this was the … Continue reading

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Ground Control to Major Tom

“Ground Control to Major Tom, Commencing Countdown, engines on…” If you know the 70′s, you most certainly know these lines from David Bowie’s Space Oddity song. Just a couple of days ago this was the song Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station revised as a farewell to space. Throughout his journey in space, Commander Hadfield has made several videos, allowing us to look around in space and learn all the intricacies of living in space. Although I am sure we cannot possibly experience what the astronauts do during their space travel, we certainly received a slice of their wonderful experience by hundreds of wonderful images from their travel.

Chris Hadfield is floating in his tin can

This was not Chris Hadfields first time “floating in his tin can”. The first Canadian astronaut to walk the space has flown two space shuttle mission in 1995 and 2001 already. On December 19, 2012 along with two crew members, he was launched in the Soyuz flight to stay on board the ISS as part of Expedition 35. He is the first Canadian to command the ISS. Throughout his 5 month long stay on the ISS he received huge media exposure, creating many videos himself along the way. He ended his time on the station by singing a rendition of Space Oddity. 

Station crew lands safely

As I am writing this post, the Soyuz crew has safely landed in Central Asia. ”Boy, that was quite a ride home,” Hadfield said once on the ground. Crew members Hadfield, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn orbited Earth 2,300 times and logged 61 million miles (98 million kilometers) during the 144 days spent on the station. Welcome back to Earth! (Featured photo courtesy of NASA)


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