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Chris Hadfield's Most Memorable Moments in OrbitWithin weeks of riding a Russian Soyuz spacecraft up to the International Space Station, astronaut Chris Hadfield's fame reached galactic heights.
He took questions from Starfleet Command and, in between his orbital duties as commander of the orbiting lab's Expedition 35, created viral videos showing those of us on Earth what it's like to live in space. Here are the top seven highlights of his five-month mission, which came to an end on May 13, 2013.
FIRST MOMENT: Making Alien Contact
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Making Alien ContactIn 2013's most elaborate off-planet joke, Chris Hadfield sent a series of tweets describing his view of a UFO that approached the station before an alien came on board.
After posting a selfie of himself with the robotic Canadarm2 – casually mentioning some orbital debris in the picture – Hadfield sent a series of pictures showing the object getting larger and larger. The last tweet, which pictured Hadfield with the visitor, said, "I don't know what it is or what it wants, but it keeps repeating 'Sloof Lirpa' over and over." (Read "Sloof Lirpa" backward to get the joke.)
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Bringing Spaceflight Fun to EarthHadfield became extremely popular for his efforts to show everyday life aboard the station, and he wasn't afraid to inject a little humor into the process, too.
Whether it was showing how topuke in orbit, or the horrifying prospect of blobs of tears forming when you're crying, or demonstrating the cocoons astronauts sleep in, Hadfield's folksy charm meant that these simple videos.
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Honoring Holidays in OrbitPrior to his mission, Hadfield spoke of the importance of celebrating holidays while on board the station, as it encourages the crew to share cultural traditions.
During his five months in orbit, there were holidays aplenty, starting with Christmas shortly after the crew arrived in December, as well as Easter in March. There are no guarantees that any holiday will be celebrated on orbit because of the crew's intense workload, but NASA tries to accommodate the various customs of the diverse nationalities aboard the station at any time.
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