Chris Hadfield has Renewed my Interest in Space.

For the last six months, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has been living and working in space on the International Space Station. He and his crew have recaptured the public’s attention and interest in space flight and space exploration with their unbelievable photos and videos. As of the writing of this blog post, Commander Hadfield has amassed some 933,000 twitter followers. His version of David Bowie’s song Space Oddity was the first song to be recorded in space and has almost 8 million views on YouTube. Gizmodo wrote a great blog post yesterday about how he made us care about astronauts again, and it’s true.

I started following Chris Hadfield on twitter sometime around February, and have been absolutely fascinated with some of the photos he has shared. Here are some of my favorites:

Soyuz Spaceship docked to ISS, I believe this is when I started following:

My hometown, Chicago:

Sunrise over the Great Lakes:

I’ve been showing this photo to a lot of my friends, the “boot” of Italy:

Some amazing colors and textures:

One of the last photos before leaving ISS:

Has Hadfield’s time in space made you care any more about NASA or SpaceX? Was this all one big public relations plan to get more public funding to the space programs?

The next crew of astronauts, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano have some incredibly big shoes to fill.

I would be interested to know what other people think, so please get in touch with me on twitter.

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