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FROM THE STRATOSPHERE TO THE TWITTERVERSE: CBC-TV'S THE NATURE OF THINGS EXPLORES THE LIFE AND MISSION OF CANADIAN ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD

The season finale of THE NATURE OF THINGS - 'The Man Who Tweeted Earth' - airs Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV


Most of us can only imagine what life is like on board the International Space Station. But last December that all changed when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield started his five month tour of duty. As Hadfield orbits the earth at 28,000 km/h, he uses social media to deliver a unique real-time connection to space that society has never been able to experience. Using Twitter to communicate and by constantly snapping pictures of Earth from above, Hadfield's mission has helped to close the distance between us and space. Climb aboard the International Space station and get an in-depth look at Hadfield's mission with the season finale of THE NATURE OF THINGS.

The Man Who Tweeted Earth airs Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

Hadfield's folksy, Renaissance Man shout-outs have drawn attention from around the world and allowed the mission to gain unprecedented profile. His wry take on everything from the mundane to the amazing has made Hadfield a space rock star, gaining a strong following including The Queen, William Shatner and millions more on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.  

The Man Who Tweeted Earth takes audiences behind-the-scenes on the International Space Station with its first Canadian commander, Chris Hadfield.  Visit Team Hadfield's unofficial social media mission control outside Frankfurt, Germany, where his son Evan helps to manage the deluge of tweets. Hear from retired astronauts as they share their life changing experiences of space travel aboard the Space Station. Hadfield's scientific collaborators talk about the important research aboard the ISS, and the next generation of Canadian astronauts explain the rigours of living and working in space.

Catch the THE NATURE OF THINGS season finale featuring the first-ever produced episode with a main subject in orbit on Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

Canada's longest-running and multi-award-winning documentary series, hosted by the iconic David Suzuki for three decades, brings science--in all its diversity--to Canadian audiences. The series has paved the way for a greater understanding of the increasingly complex world in which we live. It engages minds and celebrates science, and informs and entertains all Canadians.

To view past episodes of THE NATURE OF THINGS, and other CBC programming, visit CBC Player, download the CBC App for your mobile devices, and download CBC podcasts.

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