CTV: Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield is leaving the International Space Station with the flourish of a rock star, releasing a polished music video tribute to his months in space in the final hours before his return to Earth.
Sunday’s passing of the torch marks the end of Hadfield’s role as the pilot of the massive orbiting research station since he took over on March 13, becoming the first Canadian to command the ISS.
During his mission, the 53-year-old took part in a number of experiments, installations and repairs while delighting and entertaining fans around the world with his seemingly non-stop updates on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Video: A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station (via YouTube)
The mission is the second of 12 SpaceX flights to resupply the ISS. Launch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. EST.
Photo: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with its Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen shortly after it was erected at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida today. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Astronaut sends Chinese New Year greeting from space
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted photos of China, seen from the International Space Station, to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake, which begins today.
Space.comreports: Hadfield posted a series of dazzling photos of China from space, including a view of daybreak over Taiwan, a striking image of Shanghai at night, amazing windswept clouds and a view of the city of Hangzhou.
Photo: The dazzling lights of Shanghai, China, shine in this view from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who shared the image on Feb. 9, 2013, to mark Chinese New Year. (Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield)
BBC: British classical recording artist Sarah Brightman says she will travel as a space tourist to the International Space Station. After completing a tour in 2013, Brightman will take on 6 months of preparation at the Star City cosmonaut training center in Moscow. She says she intends to become the 1st professional musician to sing from space.
Brightman began her career with the dance troupe Hot Gossip. She went on to star in stage productions of ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ both penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Brightman married Webber in 1984. The pair divorced in 1990.
Private spacecraft becomes 1st to visit International Space Station
The International Space Station crew successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule with the station’s robotic arm at 9:56 a.m. EDT, NASA says. This is the 1st time a commercial spacecraft has visited the International Space Station.
Space Exploration Technologies, the first company aiming to reach the International Space Station, got off to a rocking start early Tuesday with the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.