Last May 14th, Chris returned to Earth from the ISS in the Soyuz TMA-07M space capsule, landing in Kazakhstan with 2 other crew members. Since then he's been very busy! He's written a bestseller An Astronaut's Guide to Living - over a quarter of a million copies have sold in Canada alone. He's taken a job as adjunct professor of aviation at the University of Waterloo, sang O Canada at a hockey game with his beloved Leafs actually winning...and become a tourism ambassador for Ireland.
Chris Hadfield is making us love space again.
He tweets, snaps stunning photos, and regularly connects with folks back home as he hurtles around the earth at 28,000 km an hour aboard the International Space Station.
Hadfield is the first Canadian commander ever of one of the most complex and sophisticated examples of human technology ever built.
Bigger than five hockey rinks, the ISS is a giant floating laboratory that's been orbiting the earth non-stop for 15 years. From the ground, it looks like an incredibly bright, fast moving star. But this fixture in the sky has been a mystery to many - until now.
Most of us can only imagine what the astronauts aboard have experienced. The distance has made it seem unknowable.
But December 2011 that all changed. From the moment Hadfield arrived at the ISS for a 5 month mission, he transformed the way we connect to space
Chris Hadfield answers questions during a news conference.
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Millions are following his every move. His YouTube videos go viral. The Queen and Captain Kirk send him messages.
His folksy Renaissance man shoutouts have given this mission an unprecedented profile. And move over David Bowie – Hadfield's wry takes on the mundane to the amazing have made him a rock star in space.
But even though Hadfield often makes it look like fun and games, there's a whole lot of serious science happening. Equipment on the ISS measures solar matter to further our understanding of space. There's research that can only be done in zero gravity that could radically change how medical diagnoses happen here on earth. And tests to figure out how to make space travel safer and more efficient (with a view to making it to the red planet one day).
The International Space Station Photo: NASA
CBC's The Nature of Things looks at Hadfield's mission and our rekindled love for space with the first ever documentary produced while its star subject is in orbit. Featuring astronauts past, present and future, scientific collaborators, Hadfield's secret weapon family member and Mission control staff at the Canadian Space Agency and NASA.
Through pictures, music and poetry, Chris Hadfield brings us a view of earth from space that we've never seen before.
directed, produced and written by
Pascal Van Strydonck
Christopher Noel Rogers
additional location sound
associate interactive producers
Canadian Space Agency
European Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Optics Institute
Bert Church High School
Let’s Talk Science
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, NASA Johnson Space Center
University of Waterloo
Radiological Society of North America
Star Trek, October 18, 1968
Produced with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund