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Canadian astronaut becomes social media sensation

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 - 01:23

Mar 13 - Canadian astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield, has become an internet sensation giving those on Earth a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of those living and working on the International Space Station and the spectacular views they see everyday. Bob Mezan reports.

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Ever wonder how to make a peanut butter and honey sandwich in space? A quick search on the internet will most likely lead you to Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield. From playing guitar, to showing how astronauts get their hair cut, Hadfield has given those on Earth a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of those living and working on the International Space Station (ISS) through social media. Hadfield has provided his over 500,000 Twitter followers and 70,000 Facebook friends with spectacular views of Earth. SOUNDBITE: Chris Hadfield saying (English): "People always ask, 'what it is like in space' and 'what's your favorite thing?'. The favorite thing is looking out the window and that's not just because it's pretty, it's because it's fundamental to your soul to see the world this way. When I was waiting for this to start, you can't help but go to the window and look and think about where we are. My fundamental goal is to get people, as best as I can, to be able to see the world that way. To see it as one small place, one bubble of air that keeps us all alive, that we are responsible for, and just how close we are to each other. It's a perspective that is healthy for us as a species and it's one that we are very privileged to see, and I'm doing my very best to see that as clearly as I can." The 53-year-old, a veteran of two Shuttle missions, became the first Canadian to assume command of the ISS on Wednesday (March 13), which means his collections of space pictures and stories will only continue to grow.

Canadian astronaut becomes social media sensation

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 - 01:23

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