Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I love you Chris Hadfield !


If you're not Canadian, you may not know who Chris Hadfield is, but I'd really like to rectify that.

Here's a BIG hint: "Is someone singing (ISS) ", a song Col. Hadfield co-wrote with Ed Roberts of the Barenaked Ladies', was sung yesterday in schools all across Canada.

If you didn't already do so, you may want to click that link now: and all will be revealed. And after that, you may just want to click it again just for fun.

A floating cookie shaped like a Maple Leaf.

In March, Chris became the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS).


Since his arrival on the ISS, thousands of devoted folk have followed his fascinating daily Tweets and FaceBook posts, about what he sees outside his window.

The Florida Keys
Irrigation in South Africa
Not my brain, but a land form in Brazil
Not Mars, but Earth: Saudi Arabia to be exact.

While in space he has thrilled school children across Canada, with live video-link chats, answering countless questions with humour and grace.

A recent posting of "fridge art" in space.

As the orbit of the  I.S.S. takes it directly over the Maritime Provinces, here is the view of my beloved Nova Scotia from space.

The island of Cape Breton, separated from  mainland Nova Scotia
by the narrow Strait of Canso
Halifax from space.  Eastern Passage is centre bottom .
Look closely at the "narrows" and you can see the
two bridges that cross the harbour.  

Click on any of the photographs on Commander Hadfield's FaceBook page and you can scroll through hundreds of wonderful images from space and read his informative, personal and sometimes humourous comments about each.


Thank you Commander, for making us feel like we are a part of your amazing adventure.

Safe travels.

Get back soon.

18 comments:

  1. I have been following Commander Hadfield. It has been so amazing. He has certainly brought his adventure to all who followed him.

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    1. He made it all so personal didn't he Bonnie ?

      I just love that song. The first live song from Earth and Space.

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  2. Oh this is the coolest, Sybil! That is a wonderful song--I listened to it earlier this afternoon. Enjoyed reading your blog because that filled in and answered all my questions.

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    1. I've listened to it about six times today ! Just love it.

      He's such a cool guy.

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  3. This is wonderful. I know ya'll are so proud of him. A very nice man. Generous with time to educate and to entertain.

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    1. Wonderful fella. And not a bad singer either. Love that song !

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  4. I can understand that you listened to the song more than once. What an emotional experience for those girls in the kids choir - they have such sweet voices.

    Commander Hadfield has such a lovely face and voice! And I love the way when he let his guitar fly away at the end his eye twinkled!
    love
    rosie
    (now lets see if blogspot takes my ID)

    HOORAAY for Canada! :-)

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    1. Rosie, happily it looks like Blogspot took your ID. I really wish I'd gone with WordPress at the outset. I'm so intimidated about the idea of switching from one to the other ...

      Can you imagine all the school kids across Canada singing this song on the same day !

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  5. You know Sybil, use of the word 'awesome' should be reserved for such things as this!!!

    Some kids dream of becoming astronauts when they grow up. Unfortunately, it's beyond the stars for most. I wonder if becoming an astronaut was Chris Hadfield's indirect way of realizing his dream of becoming a rock star. I love him too. He's SO Canadian, as is Barenaked Ladies' way of squeezing that extra syllable into a lyric...

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    1. Who would have thought that someone would be able to write a song with the words "International Space Station" in it and make it sound so good ?

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    2. What? We can't use the word "awesome" daily to describe things like grouse and good friends? :( Darn. P.S. Sybil, this post was awesome. :)

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    3. Ahhh just ignore Missy Amy-Lynn, and go ahead and use "awesome" whenever you want.

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    4. Awesome! ;)

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  6. Thank you so much, Sybil, for sharing those absolutely wonderful and unique moments with us. This so moving and fantastic. A great man, une personne Extraordinaire.

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    1. You are more than welcome Isa. I sure hope they get their current leakage problem fixed OK.

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  7. I hadn't heard of Chris Hadfield before reading this Sybil, but these photos are fabulous! I listened to the song too and found myself bopping away to it at my desk. This is a great post, thank you. Joanne. :)

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    1. You are so welcome Joanne. We are very proud of him.

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