: Canadians. In. Spaaaaaaaaaace!!!!


CubaMark
Feb 18th, 2012, 11:20 PM
Chris Hadfield: Canadian Astronaut Says International Space Station A Baby Step For Humankind (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/18/chris-hadfield-international-space-station_n_1286712.html?ref=canada&ref=canada)

http://www.rcinet.ca/english/illustration/chronicle/wBt2zd_AstronautChrisHadfield.JPG

One hundred years from now, humans may look back and define early 21st century space exploration as nothing more than a progression of tiny baby steps, says one of Canada's most experienced astronauts.

But for Chris Hadfield, who will be the first Canadian to command the International Space Station in 2013, each of those tiny steps is more like a giant leap forward.

"For us, we're still the baby," said Hadfield. "Those are huge ... we fall down a lot. We're going to bang our head a lot. But we have to take these steps on the way to being able to go farther."
http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/chris-spacewalk-2.jpg
Hadfield will climb aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan this December and for the third time in his career blast into space.

But this voyage will be unlike any other for Hadfield who was born in Sarnia, Ont. and grew up in the community of Milton near Toronto.

He'll remain aboard the space station for six months, performing work that will pave the way for future generations.When it comes to the future of Canada's space program, Hadfield said this country will continue to co-operate and fly with other nations, trading on the expertise of our astronauts.

"We are doing, especially in the Canadian Space Agency, we are doing our absolute best with every dollar that we're are given to try and get the most return from it. We work hard at it."
http://www2.2space.net/images/upl_news/110510/1304985014.jpg

(HuffingtonPostCanada (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/18/chris-hadfield-international-space-station_n_1286712.html?ref=canada&ref=canada))

CubaMark
Feb 29th, 2012, 12:51 PM
...aaaand now we have this...

Canada's space station future up in the air (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/02/29/science-international-space-station.html)

As the heads of major space agencies gather in this country to discuss the future of the International Space Station, Canada has yet to commit itself to remaining involved in the orbiting lab beyond 2015.some industry players are concerned that, unlike its partners, Canada has not signed on for the period until 2020, the end of the current projected lifespan of the station.

"Not having committed to being on the space station for another five years certainly makes our partners wonder whether we will continue to be part of space at all," said Iain Christie, president of the Neptec Design Group, in a recent interview.

"Europeans, Japanese, Americans, everybody else who is part of the space station has said they have renewed their commitments; Canada has not." the CSA may be trying to renegotiate its agreement to get more Canadian astronauts up to the station. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will travel to the ISS for a six-month stay at the end of 2012, but it's not clear when another Canadian will follow. There are no flights — beyond Hadfield — scheduled for Canadians before the end of the decade.

(CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/02/29/science-international-space-station.html))

SINC
Feb 29th, 2012, 04:06 PM
Fear not, it's a don deed:

Canada's space station commitment renewed - Canada - CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/29/science-international-space-station.html?cmp=rss)

CubaMark
May 6th, 2013, 01:23 PM
Gotta give credit to Cmdr. Chris Hadfield - can you think of anyone in Canada (or dare I say the USA) who has given such panache to humans in space recently? Julie Payette, Marc Garneau - they're household names (?) in Canada. But after Hadfield's excellent use of social media (Twitter (https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield)), his posting of photos of the earth (https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/media/grid) via the same, and now today's great live singalong from orbit - man, the next ISS Commander has gotta be thinking how he's going to follow that act! :D

Chris Hadfield to lead huge singalong from space today (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/05/06/technology-music-monday-hadfield.html)

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2013/ISS-Hadfield-Cupola-Choir-Barenaked-Ladies-625x422.jpg

International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield will lead a high-tech concert Monday, joining thousands of young voices from around the world — with his own voice from space.

Students, musicians and other participants across Canada and as far away as Singapore and Australia will sing along with Hadfield, belting out ISS — Is Somebody Singing, the song Hadfield co-wrote with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, to celebrate the ninth edition Music Monday, an annual celebration put on by the Coalition for Music Education.

(CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/05/06/technology-music-monday-hadfield.html))

The song was originally recorded (http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/02/07/hadfield-barenaked-ladies-song-music-monday-space.html) in February - here's the video of that recording:

ueh-qFGHELA

CubaMark
May 13th, 2013, 12:31 AM
Commander Chris Hadfield sends a final video from the International Space Station:

KaOC9danxNo

(via REDITT (http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/1e7bvv/for_my_final_post_on_reddit_from_the/))

groovetube
May 13th, 2013, 07:55 AM
ha ha, now that, will be a tough act to follow. Nicely done.

bryanc
May 13th, 2013, 11:23 AM
He's actually got a pretty good voice; I'm sure it's been auto-tuned and otherwise processed extensively, but still, he sounds a lot better than most current pop-stars.

screature
May 13th, 2013, 12:20 PM
He's actually got a pretty good voice; I'm sure it's been auto-tuned and otherwise processed extensively, but still, he sounds a lot better than most current pop-stars.

Well that's a bit of hyperbole...

But he did a very respectable job. I like the way at the end of the video he cruises down the chamber grabs his guitar and then launches himself up into another chamber. Very cool.

CubaMark
May 13th, 2013, 01:18 PM
From the Official David Bowie Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie):

It’s possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created and you may recognise the name of one of those involved in its creation.

We’re talking about Chris's fellow Canadian, the lovely Emm Gryner, who was a part of the Bowie live band in 1999/2000. Here’s what she said on her blog (http://smarturl.it/EmmBlog) regarding her involvement:

“The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. i then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris' vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! mellotrons! fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his Soundcloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris' singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree.

And voila! And astronaut sings Space Oddity in space! I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. You wouldn't get too many chances to make a recording like this and not only that, to make music with someone who - through his vibrant communications with kids in schools to his breathtaking photos to his always patient and good-humoured demeanour - has done more for science and space than anyone else this generation. Planet earth IS blue, and there's nothing left for Chris Hadfield to do. Right. Safe travels home Commander! ”

I did a quick search for a comment from Bowie on this cover, but nothing so far... :)
However... whoever handles Bowie's FB and website certainly seem pleased to promote it. Chris' rendition of Space Oddity is also featured on Bowie's website (http://www.davidbowie.com/news/chris-hadfield-covers-space-oddity-international-space-station-51656)!

macintosh doctor
May 13th, 2013, 02:20 PM
after watching that video with the kids.. [ they are really thrilled about space ] I assume that was the goal, get future generations involved..
:)

groovetube
May 13th, 2013, 02:33 PM
He's actually got a pretty good voice; I'm sure it's been auto-tuned and otherwise processed extensively, but still, he sounds a lot better than most current pop-stars.

ha ha yeah, he did sound great. The delivery was awesome.

CubaMark
May 13th, 2013, 11:13 PM
It's 10:13pm EDT - Chris Hadfield is on re-entry now with his crew... watch live at NASA TV:

NASA - NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html)

CubaMark
May 13th, 2013, 11:35 PM
They're on the ground - and the Soyuz landed upright (pretty nice landing, that). Ground crew is approaching - they'll soon extract the astronauts and take them to medical, then fly on to base. The first Canadian Commander of the ISS is back on terra firma!

Dr.G.
May 14th, 2013, 05:14 AM
They're on the ground - and the Soyuz landed upright (pretty nice landing, that). Ground crew is approaching - they'll soon extract the astronauts and take them to medical, then fly on to base. The first Canadian Commander of the ISS is back on terra firma!

Watched the landing ............ :clap::clap::clap::clap:

Well done ................ :clap::clap::clap::)

macintosh doctor
May 14th, 2013, 12:17 PM
Landing was crude and extraction reminded me of child birth
But exciting LOL

Kosh
May 14th, 2013, 05:49 PM
He's actually got a pretty good voice; I'm sure it's been auto-tuned and otherwise processed extensively, but still, he sounds a lot better than most current pop-stars.


Yeah, I was impressed. He sang great. He was definitely a good choice for the role in space. He entertained, he educated, he got people interested in space.

iMouse
May 14th, 2013, 06:01 PM
1% bone mass loss for every month in space.

Time to pound back the whole milk while tossing back Tums.

;)

JCCanuck
May 14th, 2013, 07:49 PM
Gave me goose bumps! What a production and boy that spectacular view is something.
Proud to be Canadian that's for sure.

CubaMark
May 15th, 2013, 11:49 AM
http://static.tapastic.com/cartoons/28/79/58/03/b418909fe3ca410584261fdb4860d396.jpg (http://tapastic.com/episode/6539)

screature
May 15th, 2013, 12:10 PM
^^^ I know it is supposed to be funny but to me it is just lame.

iMouse
May 15th, 2013, 01:23 PM
Thanks for sharing, both of you. :D

CubaMark
May 15th, 2013, 02:35 PM
screature: tough audience, jeez!

How 'bout this?

Hadfield comes home to $1.37 million Rogers phone bill (http://www.thebeaverton.com/hadfield-comes-home-to-1-37-million-rogers-phone-bill.html##)

http://www.thebeaverton.com/media/k2/items/cache/0345422ddcb43c580d78147360d8e84a_XL.jpg

After five months in space, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was shocked to discover his cell phone provider has charged him well over a million dollars for data usage and roaming charges while he was in space.

“This is ridiculous,” said the 53 year-old who recently commanded the International Space Station and a proud owner of an iPhone 5. “I only Instagrammed a few hundred pictures of the sun coming up over the Sahara Desert and a thunderstorm over the Pacific Ocean, posted my videos of me eating in space a few dozen times on Twitter and watched a few YouTube videos of goats that sound like humans and that’s it!”

(TheBeaverton (http://www.thebeaverton.com/hadfield-comes-home-to-1-37-million-rogers-phone-bill.html##))

Dr.G.
May 15th, 2013, 02:36 PM
Wonder if CH's parents will have to foot this bill for their son? We shall see.

iMouse
May 15th, 2013, 05:19 PM
Next time, Parental Settings.

Send the bill to the Canadian Armed Forces, Trenton.

macintosh doctor
May 15th, 2013, 06:00 PM
screature: Tough audience, jeez!

how 'bout this?

hadfield comes home to $1.37 million rogers phone bill (http://www.thebeaverton.com/hadfield-comes-home-to-1-37-million-rogers-phone-bill.html##)

http://www.thebeaverton.com/media/k2/items/cache/0345422ddcb43c580d78147360d8e84a_xl.jpg



(thebeaverton (http://www.thebeaverton.com/hadfield-comes-home-to-1-37-million-rogers-phone-bill.html##))


really !!! Seriously!!! He got his phone to work 1 million miles away
and i cant get a phuckn signal standing next to a rogers tower.. Lol

i will pay what ever it cost to have his phone!!

CubaMark
May 16th, 2013, 12:18 PM
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/ch_article_main_image/bm_cartoon/Brucex16%20RBG.jpg (http://thechronicleherald.ca/editorial-cartoon/2013-05-16-editorial-cartoon)

jamesB
May 16th, 2013, 04:39 PM
really !!! Seriously!!! He got his phone to work 1 million miles away
and i cant get a phuckn signal standing next to a rogers tower.. Lol

i will pay what ever it cost to have his phone!!

Actually it's closer to 200 miles, plus or minus as it varies, away from earth.

Also, a bit of web searching would indicate that this humungous Rogers bill might just be someone's idea of a joke.

CubaMark
May 18th, 2013, 10:35 PM
Earlier today I was reading a story on Chris Hadfield's return to earth... apparently, once they got him out of the capsule (the last of the 3 astronauts) and into a chair, NASA gave him a telephone and connected him with his wife. The first two questions were: "How are you?" and "How'd the Leafs do?" :D He was wearing a Leafs shirt under his uniform. Once informed that the Leafs choked, he said (paraphrasing): "So you can say that both of us went down in flames together" What a kidder!

http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/290818/slide_290818_2468143_free.jpg?1368814328544

screature
May 20th, 2013, 04:15 PM
screature: tough audience, jeez!

How 'bout this?



Not really. I just didn't find it funny... there is no accounting for taste, especially when it comes to humour.

CubaMark
May 20th, 2013, 10:52 PM
The earth-bound effects of this man seem to have no limits!

Vancouver Link To Hadfield's Space Guitar (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/20/chris-hadfield-space-oddity-guitar_n_3309152.html)

A Vancouver company says it will re-start production of a guitar used by Chris Hadfield in space, prompting dozens of new orders.

The Canadian astronaut gained worldwide attention when he performed David Bowie's Space Oddity while playing a Vancouver-made Larrivee guitar, in a farewell to the International Space Station.Larrivee had stopped making that model, but now plans to bring it back into production.

Since announcing a limited run of replicas last week, the company has already taken orders worth $100,000,

(HuffingtonPost (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/20/chris-hadfield-space-oddity-guitar_n_3309152.html))

winwintoo
May 24th, 2013, 10:42 PM
Maybe the Lego guys could go up and add a room onto the space station...

CubaMark
May 25th, 2013, 12:00 AM
Sounds good! Bring Denmark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Group) into the ISS partnership :)

http://www.rochestersubway.com/images/photos/lego-space-man-1.jpg

CubaMark
Oct 2nd, 2013, 06:57 PM
Good to see that Chris is still getting the attention he deserves back on planet Earth....

http://www2.macleans.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/oct14cover-204x273.jpg (http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/10/02/behind-the-scenes-on-our-chris-hadfield-cover/)

After Chris Hadfield’s command of the International Space Station made him a global celebrity, Maclean’s thought it was only appropriate to give the astronaut the rock-star treatment during our recent cover photo shoot.

Taking inspiration from Hadfield’s world-uniting rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, photographer Christopher Wahl asked the astronaut to replicate Bowie’s famed image from the cover of his Aladdin Sane album.
http://thisbugslifedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/david-bowie-aladdin-sane.jpg?w=460

screature
Oct 2nd, 2013, 08:54 PM
Actually that is pretty good. I like it. :lmao: :clap:

I am glad that whoever the face artist was didn't feel the need to copy the original exactly and went with just what looked good on the Commanders face (respecting the original obviously).

Kudos for that. :clap:

Macfury
Oct 2nd, 2013, 11:26 PM
I talked to Chris Hadfield for about 20 minutes once. Very nice guy.

CubaMark
Oct 31st, 2013, 08:24 PM
gPw8C1fID80

groovetube
Oct 31st, 2013, 09:12 PM
Hah. Neat promo for the book.

CubaMark
Nov 8th, 2013, 03:17 PM
Canada Launches New Space Robot-Themed $5 Bill into Circulation (http://www.space.com/23511-canada-launches-space-five-dollar-bill.html)

http://i.space.com/images/i/000/034/237/original/canada-5-bill-space-robot.jpg

Canadians can now cash in on their country's contributions to the International Space Station with the release of a new five dollar bill emblazoned with the orbiting outpost's Canadarm2 robotic arm.

The Bank of Canada began circulating the new $5 note on Thursday (Nov. 7), seven months after debuting the space-inspired design aboard the space station.
* * *
"To put technological imagery onto a five dollar bill — it shows that something that was intended as an engineering or exploration achievement can far exceed that," Hadfield told collectSPACE.com. "It can become culturally symbolic of what people can achieve and part of what people identify as what they are proud of in their civilization."

(Space.com (http://www.space.com/23511-canada-launches-space-five-dollar-bill.html))

eMacMan
Nov 8th, 2013, 03:51 PM
Finally got the denomination down to a level where I can test the melting horror tales myself.

Will probably be a few weeks before they are available in the smaller communities, but having waited this long a few more weeks is no big deal.:D

Macfury
Nov 8th, 2013, 03:58 PM
The design of that bill is horrible. They did a terrible job incorporating the traditional bill features with the much nicer space images.

CubaMark
Dec 4th, 2013, 01:15 PM
Chris Hadfield draws massive, sold-out crowd in new role as adjunct professor at University of Waterloo (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/04/chris-hadfield-draws-massive-sold-out-crowd-in-new-role-as-adjunct-professor-at-university-of-waterloo/)

http://wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/mocz3.jpg (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/04/chris-hadfield-draws-massive-sold-out-crowd-in-new-role-as-adjunct-professor-at-university-of-waterloo/)

Chris Hadfield, famed test pilot of the fastest jets in the world and the only Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station, took up a new role Tuesday as adjunct professor of aviation at the University of Waterloo.

With a reputation that rivals many superheroes, and skills that run from piloting a “titanium bathtub” on re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere to an elegant cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” Prof. Hadfield drew a massive sold-out crowd to the university’s humanities lecture hall.

His new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, was for sale in the hallways and the crowd of eager students was buzzing with anticipation, as he was introduced by Feridun Hamdullaphur, the university’s president, who had previously introduced him in a video link with the International Space Station.

(National Post (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/04/chris-hadfield-draws-massive-sold-out-crowd-in-new-role-as-adjunct-professor-at-university-of-waterloo/))

CubaMark
Dec 5th, 2013, 12:41 PM
Chris Hadfield did a Reddit AMA (http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1s4l7v/i_am_col_chris_hadfield_retired_astronaut/) yesterday... I found this interesting / funny:

[–]huh009 2860 points 13 hours ago
Hi Commander Hadfield! I'm curious to know, is it possible for someone to get stuck floating in the middle of a room in the ISS? As in they're floating and the walls are out of reach.
Thanks!

[–]ColChrisHadfield[S] 3263 points 13 hours ago
Yes, it is - you can get stuck floating in the center of Node 1, where open space is biggest due to hatches on all sides. But ISS has fans and forced air to mix and refresh the internal atmosphere, so there's always a small crosswind. Wait long enough, you'll get pulled to an air inlet.

* * *

Sadly, from that point onward, the AMA degenerated into posts about using fart propulsion to move around inside the ISS...

kps
Dec 12th, 2013, 09:41 AM
[–]huh009 2860 points 13 hours ago
Hi Commander Hadfield! I'm curious to know, is it possible for someone to get stuck floating in the middle of a room in the ISS? As in they're floating and the walls are out of reach.
Thanks!

[–]ColChrisHadfield[S] 3263 points 13 hours ago
Yes, it is - you can get stuck floating in the center of Node 1, where open space is biggest due to hatches on all sides. But ISS has fans and forced air to mix and refresh the internal atmosphere, so there's always a small crosswind. Wait long enough, you'll get pulled to an air inlet.



This is cute

http://ikarl.com/pics/ehmac/2013/space-station.gif

screature
Dec 12th, 2013, 10:12 PM
This is cute

http://ikarl.com/pics/ehmac/2013/space-station.gif

:lmao: Amazing he didn't bang her head into the bulkhead!

Good job! :clap:

Also at first I couldn't figure out how he could be so well "grounded" in space but upon closer inspection of the video he has his feet well secured under some components of the space station and thus how he could do all that.

A very amusing video indeed.

Macfury
Dec 13th, 2013, 03:44 AM
:lmao: Amazing he didn't bang her head into the bulkhead!

Many people don't realize the momentum is the same as on Earth--no gentle bump in space

CubaMark
Jan 20th, 2014, 12:11 PM
:) Pretty funny - and any excuse to repost Hadfield rockin' out to Bowie in orbit, I'll take it...

TJIZlAehgJY

SINC
Jan 20th, 2014, 12:21 PM
That's great CM! :clap:

CubaMark
Feb 8th, 2014, 10:27 AM
Canada's space agency to take back seat to private sector (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-s-space-agency-to-take-back-seat-to-private-sector-1.2527149)

The Canadian government is repaving its path to the final frontier.

The Canadian space program is getting revamped to allow more partnerships between government, the private sector and various research bodies in the country, as well as continue to support major international projects and training for future astronauts.

Canada is also pledging another $17 million to build the James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018 as the successor to the famed Hubble Space Telescope. The Canadian Space Agency dubs it to be the "most powerful space telescope ever."

The plans are outlined in a new policy framework announced by Industry Minister James Moore on Friday morning at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

"As we approach Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, we want to continue to support a strong, competitive and innovative space sector that will be here with us for the long-term, making us proud," Moore said.

* * *

Aside from additional funding to the Webb telescope project, the government did not pledge any more money to the CSA, which means expansion of Canada's space program will involve more non-governmental players.

The new space policy framework will emphasize the work of the private sector to support space activities and pushes for co-operation with international partners "to pool data for mutual benefit and obtain services and technologies that would otherwise be unavailable."

(CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-s-space-agency-to-take-back-seat-to-private-sector-1.2527149))

Macfury
Feb 8th, 2014, 01:07 PM
That certainly makes sense as space technology becomes commonplace. More of a Robert Heinlein model of space exploration.

screature
Feb 8th, 2014, 03:48 PM
That certainly makes sense as space technology becomes commonplace. More of a Robert Heinlein model of space exploration.

In effect it becomes a P3 arrangement. On first blush I don't see that as being a bad thing at all.

Macfury
Feb 8th, 2014, 04:34 PM
In effect it becomes a P3 arrangement. On first blush I don't see that as being a bad thing at all.

Predictable costs and guaranteed outcomes are a bonus. When people ask me if the US or China will get to Mars first, my answer is neither: it will be Google.

CubaMark
May 26th, 2014, 10:57 PM
Meeting of the minds (http://www.orilliapacket.com/2014/05/26/oro-medonte-teen-wins-canada-wide-science-award-lunch-with-an-astronaut)

http://storage.orilliapacket.com/v1/dynamic_resize/sws_path/suns-prod-images/1297564748074_ORIGINAL.jpg?quality=80&size=650x (http://www.orilliapacket.com/2014/05/26/oro-medonte-teen-wins-canada-wide-science-award-lunch-with-an-astronaut)

Imagine being 15 years old and educating Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield about new advances in fundamental physics.

Oro-Medonte Township’s Maya Burhanpurkar did just that Friday when she was invited to have lunch with Hadfield, who gave a presentation in Barrie.

Burhanpurkar recently won the Grand Platinum award of the Canada-Wide Science Fair for her work on a new property of nature called absement.

It’s the second time she has won the award, making her the first in Simcoe County and one of only a handful of people in Canada to do so.

“(Hadfield) spent a good 10 minutes talking to me,” Burhanpurkar said. “We spent a lot of time talking about the physics research I have done and he was really interested in that. He was asking a lot of questions about the implications to aerospace and aeronautics.”

Burhanpurkar, a Grade 10 student at Barrie North Collegiate Institute,...

(Orillia Packet (http://www.orilliapacket.com/2014/05/26/oro-medonte-teen-wins-canada-wide-science-award-lunch-with-an-astronaut))