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Commander Hadfield: The man who brought space down to Earth

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May 14, 2013

Commander Hadfield's videos have received millions of views on YouTube (Image: Canadian Space Agency)

Commander Hadfield's videos have received millions of views on YouTube (Image: Canadian Space Agency)

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After 144 days, 2,336 orbits of the Earth, and hundreds upon hundreds of posts to Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, Commander Chris Hadfield has returned from the International Space Station a household name – arguably space travel's first since the Apollo Moon landings. Gizmag takes a look back at Hadfield's 5-month mission to see how and why Hadfield inspired millions.

Within hours of returning to Earth today, Hadfield's Twitter bio had been updated to indicate his location "in a field in Kazakhstan." This followed a 3.5-hour descent with NASA's Tom Marshburn and the Russian Federal Space Agency's Roman Romanenko aboard Soyuz TMA-07M, touching down safely at 10:31 p.m. EDT to the southeast of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

In his five months in orbit, Hadfield has educated and delighted a band of followers that has grown from five figures in December to more than 900,000 today. At the time of writing, his account is gaining several followers every second.

Many discovered Hadfield's Twitter presence following a memorable exchange in January with actor William Shatner, who played James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek television and film series:

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5 Comments

I prefer science stars to rock stars, TV/movie stars, and just about any other stars.

Fahrenheit 451

Absolutely brilliant! The first ever Music Video made in space by a veteran astronaut who can actually sing pretty well! Well done mate - we applaud you!

FrankR

This guy deserves the recognition he is getting and then some...

Denis Klanac

Probably, it would never be a priority in my life to orbit the earth for minutes, hours or days... ...although Hadfield brought us to let chances open. Captain, you are now certainly inspiring thousends to make this world as wonderful as you showed us it is, from the outer space. And of course, David Bowie's song was the right choice.Thanks in the name of us, tiny little but meaningfull beings on earth.

Gonzalo Villouta Stengl

Wow. A test pilot and astronaut. Two of the few jobs that require more balls than an Isle of Man TT racer. Respect

hydra
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