Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Tweets from space

International Space Station

(Credit: Chris Hadfield/NASA)
While searching through the Twitter recommendations the other day we found an absolute gem. Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield has become an overnight sensation on the social media network by tweeting updates and stunning photographs from his latest mission aboard the International Space Station. Armed with a top end camera and eloquent turn of phrase, Hadfield has amassed nearly 500,000 followers on Twitter since he was propelled into space aboard a Soyuz rocket on December 19th, 2012.

Chris Hadfield in Space

(Credit: Chris Hadfield/NASA)
As a young child I used to dream of space, and like many young boys, becoming and astronaut was top of my list of ‘things I would do when I grew up”. Unfortunately, like 99.9% of the population this dream did not happen. Chris Hadfield made this dream a reality, and is now harnessing the power of social media to share his thoughts and stunning photographs from 250 miles above the earth.

volcano photograph taken from space

(Credit: Chris Hadfield/NASA)
The idea of Tweeting from space was the brainchild of his two sons Kyle (29) and Evan (27), who both realised the opportunity of using social media networks to give people a glimpse into the day-to-day activities of an astronaut. Among Hadfields followers are the Star Trek actors Wil Wheaton and William Shatner, creating a blur between science fiction and reality. Another celebrity follower is the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, who said he would love to have tweeted live from the moon during his most famous space mission.

photograph of lisbon, portugal at night taken from space

(Credit: Chris Hadfield/NASA)
If you have an interest in space or would love to see beautiful images of earth taken from on board the International Space Station, click this link to follow Chris Hadfield on Twitter. If your not on Twitter you can receive regular updates on your Facebook timeline by liking Col. Chris Hadfield’s Facebook page.
(All photographs in the gallery below – Credit: Chris Hadfield/NASA)

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