A is for Astronaut

A is for Astronaut!

Specifically, Canadian astronaut Commander Hadfield, who is on a six-month trip to the International Space Station.

They're doing all sorts of experiments and work up there, but in between, Hadfield tweets! From space!

He shares with us details of the science they're doing on the ISS, records music (including singing during Orthodox Christmas with the Russian astronauts), takes pictures, and talks to school groups, the Barenaked Ladies, Bryan Adams, and even William Shatner!

Here he is with the Barenaked Ladies on CBC:

Fellow blogger Jemi Fraser said it best when she nominated him for a Shorty Award "in #science because his tweets make us all wonder, imagine, think and hope."

I shared his Montreal photo on the night that hockey came back.

When he celebrated unofficial Canada Day, the Whisky Trench Riders sent him a song!

Hadfield's also shared photos of Turkey, and NYC, among other places:



New York City

Ethereal earth and sky

Weightless water!

And finally... an odd blank space in Africa that he invited us to fill. This guy had a particularly cute reply:

Have you seen his pictures? Which ones did you like? He takes requests!


That is really cool! I need to follow him.
Unknown said…
Makes my 'live tweeting' the Oscars from couch seem pretty tame. :D
DL Hammons said…
Astronauts are definitely a breed apart!! :)
Wow, love your choice for A.
S.P. Bowers said…
Astronauts are awesome! Hubby used to want to be one but his eyesight is too bad.
Hi Deniz ... what a great start to the A-Z - and the fact that he's doing so much for others and testing us ..... I'd hate to do that trip - so cramped and for so long - yes lots to see and learn ..

Thanks for the introduction .. such a fun start .. cheers Hilary
Arlee Bird said…
I'd hadn't heard of Hadfield, but it's pretty cool what he's doing. You'd never find me in the confined quarters of one of those space vehicles.

Thanks for being a "Minion"!

Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog
Unknown said…
Very cool! Off to follow him on Twitter now!
EvalinaMaria said…
Great choice for A and a great start with the challenge!
S.A. Larsenッ said…
Great, great word and subject!! One of my kiddos went on a field trip to our State's center that honors the fallen Challenger astronauts. I was a chaperon. While there, they mentioned Commander Hadfield!

I'm just stopping by as another of Matt's minions!
Bevimus said…
This is so cool! I'll have to follow him!
Jeff Hargett said…
I would have been very happy to have chosen a path toward the stars. Space has always fascinated me. Nice pick!
I like all the pictures. I think it would be fascinating to be an astronaut. I think it would be surreal to actually see Earth from a distance, and to find out if there is life elsewhere.
Deniz Bevan said…
Oh, so glad you all enjoyed this start to the A-Z! I wish I could go up to space too!
Anonymous said…
Good luck with A to Z!

Anonymous said…
Ok now I need to follow him! When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut. Shame many kids won't say that anymore.

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
Those were great! Thanks for collecting them all here. I haven't had time to follow Chris Hadfield on Twitter, though I'm friends with a few Chris Hadfield groupies who comment about his tweets on Facebook.
Silvia Writes said…
Way interesting. Not familiar with the name, but I'm happy to have learned of him.
Silvia @ Silvia Writes
Unknown said…
I love the duet with Barenaked Ladies. This guy knows how to work the people of the Internet. If he can't get more funding for NASA, no one can.

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom
Anonymous said…
Cool post. I'm not familiar with his pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
Misha Gerrick said…
Wow this guy sounds amazing. Definitely following. :-D
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Unknown said…
I had no idea he was doing this! As a homeschooling mom, you have given me a whole new project for this summer!
Deniz Bevan said…
So happy you guys enjoyed this start to the A-Z!