A trio of Canadian astronauts in the Soyuz simulator. From left to right: David Saint-Jacques, Chris Hadfield and Jeremy Hansen.
Photo Credit: Canadian Space Agency

Watch Canadian astronaut rocket back to earth


Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, famous for using new media to transmit the thrill of space travel, is coming home. He is the first Canadian to have commanded the International Space Station and will endure the rocky ride home aboard a tiny Soyuz capsule with two other astronauts. Viewers can watch the return live on Canadian public television and on the internet.

The Soyuz rocket launched from Kazakhstan on December 19, 2012 carrying Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko to the International Space Station. © NASA

“Ride of his life”

“It is going to be the ride of his life,” said Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen from Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. “It’s not going to be anything like the space shuttle returning. It’s very violent. Everyone that’s done it describes it as…more like a car crash than a landing. They really don’t have words to describe it.”

While the quarters are cramped, the Soyuz capsule is considered to be very safe and reliable. It will touch down in Kazakhstan 2:30 a.m. May 14th UTC. Canada’s public broadcaster CBC will carry the landing live as will NASA television. Hansen said the final 30 minutes on NASA TV will include the Soyuz parachute opening and its fall to earth.

First music video from space

Chris Hadfield recording the first music video from space. © NASA

The first ever made-in-space music video was posted Sunday of Hadfield singing Bowie’s “Space Oddity” while floating around the station. He has made extensive use of new media conducting live hook-ups with kids on earth to sing and holding question-and-answer sessions with students. He has tweeted extensively and sent fabulous pictures of earth which have been posted on the internet.

“Really valuable,” said Hansen, commenting on Hadfield’s social media activity. “I think what Chris Hadfield has provided for us is perspective… You can tell he’s very sincere about the fact that he views our planet as a spaceship, Spaceship Earth. It’s very important that he sees no borders and we have to take care of our spaceship and we have to take care of one another on this planet.”

Equilibrium will be the main difficulty for the astronaut upon their return. After being weightless they may have trouble keeping their balance. Exercise programs and equipment in space will have helped keep them strong, but they will still have lost some muscle mass and will work to build it back up again.

Hadfield performed over 100 science experiments and will be bringing those back for analysis back on earth.

It will be at least three years before another Canadian astronaut visits the space station. Jeremy Hansen is being groomed for the job, as is David Saint-Jacques. The station will continue to operate until at least 2020.

Categories: International, Internet, Science and Technology
Tags: , , , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish or in one of the two official languages, English or French. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.