Farewell, Commander Hadfield!

Chris Hadfield, the commander of the International Space Station (and, if you didn’t know, a Canadian), is going home in a Soyuz spacecraft in two days.

Since December 21 of last year, Hadfield has entertained all of us with his fantastic pictures of Earth (posted on his Twitter account), his repartée.  And now he tops it all: he’s recorded a lovely music video as a farewell. It’s based on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and has some backing from Ground Control.

From ars technica:

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield would be notable solely for his work on the International Space Station. But… he may have the greatest YouTube account on Earth (and beyond) despite uploading only 17 videos. He’s demonstrated how to open a soda on the ocean floor, explained the process ofusing the toilet in space, and modeled interstellar wristwear among other videos.

. . . Hadfield thanked a number of collaborators including video editor Andrew Tidbymusic producer Joe Corcoranmusician Emm Gryner, Evan Hadfield and all of the Canadian Space Agency. Fans of Hadfield’s YouTube page will note this isn’t his first musical foray, just likely the most popular. Previously, Hadfield paid tribute to Sally Ride with “Ride On” and he recorded an original called “Jewel in the Night” from the ISS.

There’s one cool Canadian. Thanks for the awe and the LOLz, Commander Hadfield!



  1. Theo Bromine
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Makes me proud to be a Canadian geek. (Minor correction – it’s Chris, not Mark.)

  2. geoff
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    “Mark Hadfield, the commander of the International Space Station (and, if you didn’t know, a Canadian)”

    And yet if anyone had written:

    “”Mark Hadfield, the commander of the International Space Station (and, if you didn’t know, an American)”

    would have been regarded (by some) to be Anti-American.

  3. Dermot C
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I never tweet and I never use the word ‘cool’, but if he is the guy who had that back-and-forth with William Shatner, that was the coolest piece of irony the twittersphere ever produced. Welcome home, Commander Hadfield.

    • Jolo
      Posted May 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      He was indeed, he tweeted with Wil Wheaton as well.

      Hadfield really took the reins of social media, and displayed a lot of charm and wit.

  4. Jolo
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Actually, he recorded a song with Ed Robertson (of Barenaked Ladies) last Monday as well. It gets airplay on CBC radio…

  5. Sines
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m generally unwilling to use a phrase such as “Won at life”, for fear of dilluting the weight that such a phrase should carry. It cannot be conveyed by a mere position, even one as grand as PotUS or something similar.

    I’m a very comfortable saying that this man has Won at Life, however.

    To look out your window and personally see the Earth from the outside, to float weightlessly in orbit of the tiny rock you call home, to have the perspective such that “I’m from Earth” has any meaning…

    I can’t think of much better than that.

  6. Mary Canada
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Extraordinary man.

  7. Posted May 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    A great Canadian!

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    That is cool — authentically cool. On a scale of one to Miles Davis, he’s a solid eight, which is a stone cold Canadian best.

  9. Posted May 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Well done Commander. Wonder if the new ISS crew will be tweeting, hope so.

  10. Posted May 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Marc's WordPress Blog.

  11. marksolock
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

  12. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    What a cool video! I loved the floating guitar (a reference to so many pop videos, but they were all CGI, this one’s real). And the best demonstration of weightlessness I’ve seen, specially near the end when he floated to the end of the corridor collecting his guitar on the way, then just bounced up through the ‘roof’. Amazing. Wonder if Bowie’s seen it, I think he’d be delighted.

  13. James Walker
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    We are everywhere 😉
    (Canadian visiting New Zealand)

  14. Occam
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Field Commander Hadfield, he was our most important guy.
    Tweeting in the line of duty,
    parachuting soda into sub-galactic cocktail parties,
    urging Joe Corcoran to abandon fields and castles.
    Leave it all and like a man,
    come back to nothing special,
    such as waiting rooms and ticket lines,
    silver bullet suicides,
    and parabolic ocean tides,
    and nine-g roller-coaster rides
    and other forms of boredom advertised as poetry.
    I know you need your sleep now,
    I know your life’s been hard.
    But many men are floating,
    where you promised to stand guard.

    [h/t Leonard “Field Commander” Cohen,
    the coolest Canadian bar none,
    on a scale from -32 (Stephen Harper)
    to +32 (Glenn Gould)]

    • aljones909
      Posted May 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Mr Cohen is definitely the coolest.
      Last Years Man
      The rain falls down on last year’s man,
      that’s a Jew’s harp on the table,
      that’s a crayon in his hand.
      And the corners of the blueprint are ruined since they rolled
      far past the stems of thumbtacks
      that still throw shadows on the wood.
      And the skylight is like skin for a drum I’ll never mend
      and all the rain falls down amen
      on the works of last year’s man.

      Then there’s the other cool canadian jewish icon – William Shatner
      I think he let himself down with his version of ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’. He redeemed himself with this magnificenr version of ‘commom people’ (along with Ben Folds/Joe Jackson). http://tinyurl.com/b74qfo8

  15. ridelo
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Almost 0 °K cool.

  16. Bonzodog
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    So cool that even Liz said “well done!”

  17. Adam M.
    Posted May 19, 2013 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    What strikes me most about the photograph in the post is the white shirt visible under the collar of the suit. Somehow, in my mind, it completely humanizes him, as though I can see that there’s actually a normal man in there underneath all the fancy equipment.

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