Musical astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield touches down...

Musical astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield touches down...

Space oddity returns after 5 months in space!

In 1969, 44 years ago, music legend David Bowie release a song about an astronaut called Major Tom 'floating in a tin can' in space. A few weeks ago, life imitated art as real-life astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield sent a video back to Earth of himself singing the very same song, 'Space Oddity'. Check it out below...

This week The Daily What reports on the safe return of Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield after 146 days spent orbitting Earth aboard the International Space Station.

Commander Hadfield landed in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, aboard a Russian Soyuz Capsule yesterday.

Hadfield has captured the world's attention, by sharing much of his daily life with millions of people on Earth via Twitter and YouTube. His videos and photographs have reminded the world that space exploration is not only about looking beyond but also about learning about Earth.

During his five-month mission aboard the International Space Station Hadfield and the station crew also conducted more than 130 science experiments.

Gilles Leclerc, from the Canadian Space Agency, said: "Chris has spent his entire career speaking to students and through this mission has become our space ambassador, inspiring Canada's next space generation."

In all he spent 144 days on the International Space Station, spent 146 days in space, made 2,336 orbits around the planet and clocked almost 62 million miles. During the mission he has:

  • Talked to students across the country every week, through video connections and amateur radio contacts.  He produced more than 88 videos that have been viewed about 23 million times
  • Reached more than 900,000 followers on Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield and won a Shorty award for Best Science tweets
  • Explained how to sleep, eat and clean your teeth in space and shown science experiments on YouTube
  • Unveiled Canada's new $5 bank note

However, all work and no play makes for a dull astronaut. Commander Hadfield also sang with nearly a million people around the world for Music Monday.

Commander Hadfield is a space phenomenon. He has flown the shuttle, taking supplies to the Mir space station, transferring over 1,000 kg of food, water, and scientific supplies to the cosmonauts.

He helped assemble the International Space Station. In April 2001, he flew the Space Shuttle Endeavour for 11 days and spent about 15 hours working outside, travelling 10 times around the world.

In total, Hadfield has flown over70 different types of aircraft. He moved into space flight technology and was the voice of mission control to astronauts in orbit on for 25 space shuttle missions.

It's not all space either - on Earth, he has even spent time at the bottom of the ocean. In 2010, he spent two weeks testing out living equipment for astronauts on the seabed.

In his spare time (when he's actually on Earth) the Canadian Astronaut spends time with his wife and three children and enjoys skiing, playing guitar, singing, riding, writing, running, and playing volleyball and squash. What a guy!

Text adapted from an article on The Daily What
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