Easter Finale: The Sun, a bright point of light surrounded by profound blackness, our world glowing in-between. http://t.co/uv4jK666nt—
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 31, 2013
Canada has an astronaut. Chris Hadfield, 53, is currently in space.
He has been commanding the Expedition 35 in the International Space Station since December 2012 (and he is the first Canadian to command the ISS). A graduate in mechanical engineering and a former fighter pilot, Hadfield had taken part to two space missions since his recruitment as an astronaut in 1992.
Commander Hadfield has a Twitter account; and he uses to share breathtaking pictures while living in orbit :
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 19, 2013
Tonight's finale: Northern Lights - recent aurora in green and red waves, USA and Canada below, the universe above. http://t.co/sgi9q0kT—
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 11, 2013
Tonight's finale: The Andes mountains blur to the horizon in a cold Pacific fog. http://t.co/cc3H8Yog—
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 04, 2013
Paris, well-named City of Light. Even from orbit the brilliant Champs-Elysees is visible. http://t.co/vtjCnhVRP7—
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) April 17, 2013
I'm used to rivers that know what they're doing. http://t.co/41iOcuZmth—
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) April 14, 2013
(no need to post more tweets; you can look at @Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter)
Overall, Hadfield is very active on social media. You can look at his blog, while he often holds video conservations:
There are currently three acting Canadian astronauts: besides Hadfield, Jeremy R. Hansen and David Saint-Jacques are still active. All three are members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Also, there are several retired astronauts. The first Canadian in outer space was Marc Garneau in 1983; after his retirement from military and space activities, he entered in politics and became a federal MP.
Their operations are managed by the Canadian Space Agency. Its headquarter is located at Longueuil, on the southern shore of the Saint Lawrence River (at a few kilometers from Montreal).
The CSA is also involved in several other space projects (e.g. international research projects on astronomy and climate science; satellite design, …). For example, Canada has developed technology in robotic arms since 1981. The robotic arm of the ISS is made in Canada : Canadarm !
Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 14, 2013
PW – The Migratory Martlet
OK, I admit that this has nothing to do with my experience of exchange student; but I thought that it would have been a pity if I have not shown you these pictures! (it seems that French astronauts do not report their activities on Twitter…)