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(Slate)   Gallery of amazing pictures taken by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who returns to Earth today. Bonus: not a slideshow   (slate.com) divider line 30
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2013-05-13 11:01:07 AM  
Someone on Fark or TotalFark suggested following this guy on Twitter.  I was glad I followed that suggestion.
 
2013-05-13 11:11:38 AM  
pbs.twimg.com

He looks like he just inhaled helium from a balloon.
 
2013-05-13 11:20:26 AM  
Claustrophobia and acrophobia all rolled into one.  *shudders*

/space is WAY cool
//but not for me
///happy to watch it
 
2013-05-13 11:24:36 AM  
"If your last words before you die were 'Hold my Tang and watch this', you might be a astro-redneck."

www.slate.com
 
2013-05-13 11:35:32 AM  

Godscrack: [pbs.twimg.com image 850x565]

He looks like he just inhaled helium from a balloon.


Could be the unnatural distribution of fluids in his body because gravity ain't trying to pull it all to his feet.
 
2013-05-13 11:40:51 AM  
Welcome home, most awesome individual ever thrown into orbit atop a pillar of fire.
 
2013-05-13 11:52:42 AM  

nekom: Claustrophobia and acrophobia all rolled into one.  *shudders*

/space is WAY cool
//but not for me
///happy to watch it


I would be useless in space.  Every five minutes I'd alternate between staring out the window in amazement, and then curled in a ball in terror.
 
2013-05-13 11:54:03 AM  

basemetal: Someone on Fark or TotalFark suggested following this guy on Twitter.  I was glad I followed that suggestion.


He has been my go-to rebuttal whenever people say Twitter is useless.
 
2013-05-13 11:55:32 AM  

PanicMan: nekom: Claustrophobia and acrophobia all rolled into one.  *shudders*

/space is WAY cool
//but not for me
///happy to watch it

I would be useless in space.  Every five minutes I'd alternate between staring out the window in amazement, and then curled in a ball in terror.


I remember reading once, maybe it was something a Farker posted or something, that if they were on the moon, they would get NOTHING done, because the whole time they would just be standing there, jaw agape, thinking "HOLY SHIATBALLS, I'M ON THE FARKING MOON!!!"  I guess that's why astronauts train so much and they don't typically send just anybody to space.
 
2013-05-13 12:01:17 PM  
Commander Hadfield is a serious contender for coolest Canadian ever. I'd say he easily wins coolest Canadian alive.
 
2013-05-13 12:10:32 PM  
Can he get a Nobel Prize out of this somehow? There's no Education category, is there?
 
2013-05-13 12:13:50 PM  
Sarnia, biatches!
 
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2013-05-13 12:15:22 PM  

KiltedBastich: Commander Hadfield is a serious contender for coolest Canadian ever. I'd say he easily wins coolest Canadian alive.


Well, there's at least one person from the US that agrees.
 
2013-05-13 12:15:32 PM  
Almost no self-pics, no duck lips and no instagram filters. Can you still call that photography today?
 
2013-05-13 12:29:11 PM  
+eleventy
 
2013-05-13 12:32:04 PM  

nekom: I remember reading once, maybe it was something a Farker posted or something, that if they were on the moon, they would get NOTHING done, because the whole time they would just be standing there, jaw agape, thinking "HOLY SHIATBALLS, I'M ON THE FARKING MOON!!!"


Jesus H. Christ in a chicken basket.
 
2013-05-13 12:46:46 PM  
Wringing out the washcloth in space was VERY cool. You all should watch it if you haven't already.
 
2013-05-13 12:48:23 PM  

Loud_Mouth_Soup: Sarnia, biatches!


spent almost a year working in Port Huron, after a few um...let say "scary" trips to Sarnia......i cannot concur with your enthusiam....

//poutine FTW
/// I will spare you the CSB's.  just chuckle politely and you'll be there.
 
2013-05-13 01:35:52 PM  
NASA's motto: Bringing you awesome computer desktop wallpaper since 1958

/the science is just a side benefit
 
2013-05-13 01:43:08 PM  
 
2013-05-13 01:49:31 PM  

Loud_Mouth_Soup: Sarnia, biatches!


It's particularly impressive he overcame that impediment too.

/lived for a year in Sarnia, would never go back.
 
2013-05-13 01:56:55 PM  

KiltedBastich: Commander Hadfield is a serious contender for coolest Canadian ever. I'd say he easily wins coolest Canadian alive.


Haha I made that statement on fb last night. I think most of Canada agrees
 
2013-05-13 01:57:17 PM  
I have his St. Lawrence/Manicouagan pic as my wallpaper.
 
2013-05-13 01:59:03 PM  

unyon: Yeah?  Well Chris Hadfield did my taxes from space.


Hadfield's going to be the marshal for the Stampede Parade. I haven't been excited to see a parade since I was a kid
 
2013-05-13 01:59:25 PM  

bigbadideasinaction: Loud_Mouth_Soup: Sarnia, biatches!

It's particularly impressive he overcame that impediment too.

/lived for a year in Sarnia, would never go back.


I don't think that was an impediment so much as motivation to get as far away as humanly possible.  Same reason Ohio produces so many astronauts.
 
2013-05-13 02:25:19 PM  

the_sidewinder: unyon: Yeah?  Well Chris Hadfield did my taxes from space.

Hadfield's going to be the marshal for the Stampede Parade. I haven't been excited to see a parade since I was a kid


It's actually Chris Hadfield's moustache that's the parade marshall.

I had heard.  I'm a volunteer parade street marshall, so I'll have the best seats in the house.  I might have to distribute above-average moustaches to everyone on the intersection I work as tribute.
 
2013-05-13 05:15:23 PM  
The youtube video from the article of him squeezing a water soaked paper towel in zero G is pretty sweet.
 
2013-05-13 09:41:35 PM  
Truly the rock star of astronauts.  He's really raised the bar for the next batch.
 
2013-05-13 11:06:21 PM  

El_Swino: Truly the rock star of astronauts.  He's really raised the bar for the next batch.


Well the thing is I sort of disagree as much as I agree. Yes he raised the bar in being more effective with outreach than NASA has been through its astronauts but at the same time it isn't like there are astronauts who get up in the morning and hate their job or aren't necessarily awesome. I think a lot of credit is due to the Canadian Space Agency, and his son Evan. They gave him a voice, and were the ones really responsible for making him well known (I know I started following Chris Hadfield on twitter shortly after his son announced that his father was going to be commander of Expedition 35 on fark).

He isn't the first musical astronaut. Certainly not the first to take awesome pictures of the earth. Nor the first to do cool things aboard ISS.

That being said NASA has failed in a sense to make its astronauts rockstars like they were during the Apollo program. Now I follow all things space, so I know about Sunita Williams (Exp 33 commander) and Mike Massimino (Hubble space telescope repairman), shuttle commander Eileen Collins, tie gap filler remover Stephen Robinson. I doubt though that most American's can name three NASA astronauts if you give them the choice of only choosing from Shuttle/ISS astronauts. Oh, and no cheating! John Young & John Glenn don't count.

I'm not sure if that is intentional or not or what the reasoning behind that is. Maybe American astronauts are encouraged not to standout? Eh. I'm not saying Chris isn't cool. He isn't up there with the crew of Apollo program yet, but he's still pretty awesome and gave you more of a behind the scenes look on the ground than I've seen before. I also do think there are lessons NASA can learn, but considering NASA's education and outreach has been cut by Congress due to this stupid sequester I am not hopeful.
 
2013-05-14 12:10:34 AM  
Dunno if you guys saw his David Bowie cover:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/astronaut-covers-david-bowi es -space-oddity-in-orbit-20130513

\His voice doesn't impress, but the video is pretty awesome.
 
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