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Russia: Chris Hadfield - the space guitar hero - speaks00:54

Russia: Chris Hadfield - the space guitar hero - speaks

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 8, 2013 at 07:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Chris Hadfield - the space guitar hero - speaks

Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who commanded the International Space Station (ISS) until May 12, appeared in a press conference in Moscow, Friday. Hadfield shared his impressions of his experience and explained what brought him to post the video of him singing “Space Oddity” in the ISS onto YouTube.

Discussing space exploration, Hadfield shared that his motivations are humanistic: “I think it is important for people to see that the space station is not just science and not just robots, but it is an expansion of human presence, and an increase of human perspective, a chance to see the world and a start to explore the rest of the universe in person”, he said.

Hadfield's musical forays are nothing new, only the recording of them, having brought musical instruments into space 18 years before: “When I was on space station Mir, 18 years ago I brought a guitar up to Mir and played and sang guitar on board space station Mir. So, it was a real delight to have a guitar again and now we heard it for the full five months I worked in the international space station.”

Since the video was posted online he has attained a "rock star" status and is actually the first man to record a musical video in space. He has already accumulated 150,000 YouTube subscribers and almost a million Twitter followers. The astronaut found enough time in between his experiments to work on the storyboard for his video, compensating for the lack of groupies with the incredible views from the station - which he used to narrate, frame by frame, David Bowie's lyrics.

Chris Hadfield is the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space and to command the ISS. He and his crew carried out 130 experiments during their stay.

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Russia: Chris Hadfield - the space guitar hero - speaks

Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who commanded the International Space Station (ISS) until May 12, appeared in a press conference in Moscow, Friday. Hadfield shared his impressions of his experience and explained what brought him to post the video of him singing “Space Oddity” in the ISS onto YouTube.

Discussing space exploration, Hadfield shared that his motivations are humanistic: “I think it is important for people to see that the space station is not just science and not just robots, but it is an expansion of human presence, and an increase of human perspective, a chance to see the world and a start to explore the rest of the universe in person”, he said.

Hadfield's musical forays are nothing new, only the recording of them, having brought musical instruments into space 18 years before: “When I was on space station Mir, 18 years ago I brought a guitar up to Mir and played and sang guitar on board space station Mir. So, it was a real delight to have a guitar again and now we heard it for the full five months I worked in the international space station.”

Since the video was posted online he has attained a "rock star" status and is actually the first man to record a musical video in space. He has already accumulated 150,000 YouTube subscribers and almost a million Twitter followers. The astronaut found enough time in between his experiments to work on the storyboard for his video, compensating for the lack of groupies with the incredible views from the station - which he used to narrate, frame by frame, David Bowie's lyrics.

Chris Hadfield is the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space and to command the ISS. He and his crew carried out 130 experiments during their stay.