Chris Hadfield Commander of Expedition 35 on the International Space Station set out to ignite Canadians’ interest in the space program and, in the process, set fire to the world.
Chris Hadfield isn’t the first or only tweeting astronaut, but he has, in layman’s terms, tweeted up a storm. When he left Earth on Dec. 19, he had 20,000 Twitter followers, a number that has grown to more than 824,000 today. Followers come from around the world, and have been particularly intrigued by his much-praised photos of places on the globe. Eighty-one videos of his ISS experiences have proved an unexpected hit for the Canadian Space Agency, generating 22 million views. Website traffic at the CSA is up 70 per cent so far this year over the same period in 2012. (CBC)
Spaceflight finale: To some this may look like a sunset. But it’s a new dawn. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 13, 2013
Almost time to leave Station. Hard to express all of my emotions, but mostly gratitude. I came here on behalf of so many people – thank you.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 12, 2013
No Commander, thank you.