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Astronaut Chris Hadfield taking new song into orbit

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will soon make his third trip into space, commanding the International Space Station and, on one day, sharing a new song.

Canadian space commander tells CBC's Bob McDonald about his childhood dreams and his music

Bob McDonald of CBC's Quirks and Quarks shows us how Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield prepared for his upcoming launch to the International Space Station. 10:44

Astronaut Chris Hadfield will soon become the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, and while he's there he'll hit a few high notes.

CBC's Bob McDonald spoke with Hadfield in Houston, from both the on-ground full-scale mock-up of the ISS, and from a country bar so they could play guitar and talk about the song he'll play in orbit.

"It'll be really nice to be able to play music, to try and capture the experience as best I can," Hadfield said of his song about space flight, Is Somebody Singing? or ISS, which he wrote with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.

Hadfield also discussed his 20-year career as an astronaut, his childhood hero James T. Kirk, and why he keeps himself in denial about his third trip to space.