Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space
Chris Hadfield - Astronaut
Tweeting (and covering Bowie) from the International Space Station last year, Colonel Chris Hadfield reminded the world how much we love space. Full bio
thing that you've ever done?
effortlessly, gloriously in space,
we have a saying, which is,
wickets you have to go through.
half minutes before launch,
off its knees or something.
the space shuttle Discovery,
thinking about where it might lead,
help build a space station
through the universe together.
could stick your hand into.
bigger ball of whatever that is
across the bridge of your nose
horrible, big necrotic things
is there a brown recluse
50,000 different types of spiders,
730 different types of spiders
symbol on my back, it's the black widow."
never going to go through
with your caveman reaction.
it's not a black widow spider,
no more threat to you than a lady bug
walk through 100 spiderwebs
in the park in the morning
variety of different spiderwebs.
through those spiderwebs.
also in virtual reality labs
get outside on a spacewalk,
in your eye starts to dilute
the crusty stuff around my eyes,
your reaction to things
hardpan south of the Sahara,
of Eastern Europe fields
spaceship at the ground
there's so much left to do ♫
About the speaker:Chris Hadfield - Astronaut
Tweeting (and covering Bowie) from the International Space Station last year, Colonel Chris Hadfield reminded the world how much we love space.
Why you should listen
“Good morning, Earth.” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield, writing on Twitter, woke up the world every day while living aboard the International Space Station. In his five months on the ISS (including three as commander) Hadfield became a worldwide sensation, using social media to make outer space accessible and infusing a sense of wonder into the collective consciousness. Check out his cover version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," sung while floating in his tin can, far above the world ...
Now back on our home planet, he continues to share the excitement of science and space travel. He's the author of the 2014 book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. As he says, "There are no wishy-washy astronauts. You don't get up there by being uncaring and blasé. And whatever gave you the sense of tenacity and purpose to get that far in life is absolutely reaffirmed and deepened by the experience itself." A photography geek, in 2014 he also published an album of his photos from the shuttle: You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.
Hadfield is also a font of Canadian firsts: He was Canada’s first shuttle mission specialist, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft (he helped build the Mir), do a spacewalk (he's done two), and of course, to command the International Space Station.
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