Commander Chris Hadfield is pretty much the coolest person in the world right now. And he’s not even on Earth.
Commander Hadfield arrived at the International Space Station in December for a 5 month tour of duty that will see him become the 1st Canadian Commander of the ISS in March. While he waits to take over command, he has been capturing the imagination of the world every day.
His official mission objective is to carry out scientific experiments, operate the Canadarm2, and oversee operations. That’s the official mission objective; unofficially, he has been Commander of Cool.
Space is one of those magical places that just captures the imagination of children. The closest I have ever been was driving a moon buggy in Florida in 1975, and then meeting Buzz Aldrin in 2003. Maybe it’s the lack of gravity that lets you break all the rules. Maybe it’s the impossibility of boarding a ship and flying to the moon that captures the childhood image that anything is truly possible. Whatever it is, space and space exploration is property of children.
If you’ve got kids who are space fans, following Commander Hadfield on twitter (@Cmdr_Hadfield) is a daily lesson in awesome. From fantastic photos of Earth, to twitter conversations with James T. Kirk, to concerts with the Barenaked Ladies, here’s a list of 13 the coolest thing Chris Hadfield has done in space…so far.