Astronaut Chris Hadfield, as well as the rest of the Expedition 35 team, returned safely to Earth last night after spending 5 months on the International Space Station. While aboard the ISS, Hadfield tweeted many photos of Earth from his perspective and even uploaded many YouTube videos that described life on the ISS. He’ll be giving his first public talk since returning to Earth on Thursday, May 16 at 10 am ET.
Hadfield will be taking an hour to answer questions from media, and it should give viewers some insight into Hadfields experience aboard the ISS. We’ve already seen a number of his videos, and now know more about ISS life than we ever have, but the hour-long discussion could be a good chance to learn more about his experiences up in space.
Chris Hadfield ended his ISS Commander stint on a very good note, by commanding a successful emergency spacewalk to fix an ammonia leak in “record time,” according to Hadfield himself. That was certainly a good stopping point for the ISS Commander, similar to a coach or player retiring after winning the championship game.
Hadfield also recorded the first ever music video from space as his “sign-off” of sorts, singing a slightly-modified version of David Bowie’s 1969 hit “Space Oddity.” Hadfield recorded the song on the space station, as well as the video (obviously), and beamed them down to Earth to be mixed and edited together to make the final product, which you can watch above.
During his time on the ISS, Hadfield also conducted a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where he answered questions and discussed a variety of various things relating to space, including why he became an astronaut and what the training process is like, as well as the fears and dangers associated with traveling to space and living there for a few months. As for what Hadfield will do next, no one knows yet, but he could reveal his future plans during Thursday’s press conference.
SOURCE: Canadian Space Agency