The Book Show

Chris Hadfield took 45 000 photos while in space. He has shared 200 with us.

Chris Hadfield, one of the world's most seasoned and accomplished astronauts has released a new book featuring selected photos from his personal collection taken from the International Space Station.

Divided by continent, You Are Here represents one orbit of the International Space Station. This planetary photo-tour - suprising, playful, thought-provoking - is also punctuated with light hearted commentary on life in zero gravity.

Expect to see this sort of thing in the book: The Great Salt Lake in Utah

Canadian born Hadfield served as Commander of the International Space Station, where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he realised the broad appeal of space related content.

Speaking to 702's Jenny Crwys-Williams, Chris explains how he uses his photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.

I would just picture one of my friends, and say if that person was floating there next to me at the window and we had one time around the world, what would I want to show him or her? More importantly maybe - what would I say?

Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the [International Space Station](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International<i>Space</i>Station "International Space Station"). While photography seems to be how Hadfield has savoured the 6 months in space on the ISS, he does speak of how difficult it was to process everything he was seeing at the time...

You don't have time to mentally soak up what your eyeballs are pouring in. You want to be able to review and reflect on it later and the best way to do that is to take a transitory photograph.

I'd pushed the little button on the camera and the shutter had fired, but I hadn't had time to bring that image up and look at it, and think about it. Like I had sprinted through an art gallery.

Hadfield gained worldwide acclaim for his educational videos about life in space and has 1,2 million followers on his twitter account @CmdrHadfield.

You Are Here is Hadfield's second book. In 2013 he authored the international bestseller An Astronaut's Guidfe to Life on Earth. The publicity pitched it like this:

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in space.

And in and among the experiments and research tasks - filming the fun videos - Chris acknowledges to Jenny the more esoteric aspect of journeying around the earth every 92 minutes... experiencing sunrise and sunset 6 times a day.

Even though your eyes are drawn earthward, if you just glance the other way from a spaceship then you see where you really are - and the immensity of the distance to the next place.

Listen to the full conversation between Jenny Crwys-Williams and Chris Hadfield here...

His videos, including the zero-gravity version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," have collectively received more than fifty million views! If you are fascinated by space - and the science that space travel furthers, here is a selection of other content from Chris' twitter acount.


This article first appeared on 702 : Chris Hadfield took 45 000 photos while in space. He has shared 200 with us.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
A literary journey into the troubled history of Congo on The Book Show

A literary journey into the troubled history of Congo on The Book Show

Jenny Crwys-Williams takes Redi Tlhabi and her audience on a literary journey into the complicated and troubled history of Congo

Spine-chilling crime books and the 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlist

Spine-chilling crime books and the 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlist

Jenny Crwys-Williams reflects on recent literary events, looks at great crime books & nominees from the Sunday Times Shortlist.

Books by African writers, this week on The Book Show

Books by African writers, this week on The Book Show

Redi Thlabi and Jenny Crwys-Williams delve into a range of books by African writers, both black and white, on the Redi Tlhabi Show.

One history book every South African should read

One history book every South African should read

This week's Exclusive Books feature on The Redi Tlhabi Show presented Books of World History (Part 2) to help you choose what to put on your reading list.

The Book Show: Best-selling Christmas 2015 books

The Book Show: Best-selling Christmas 2015 books

In this Book Show, Jenny Crwys-Williams looks at some of Exclusive Books' best-selling books over Christmas 2015.

Jenny has released her Book of the Year finalists for 2015

Jenny has released her Book of the Year finalists for 2015

Jenny has once again released her shortlist of the best coffee table, cookbook, fiction and non-fiction books for 2015.

Popular articles
Competition Commission denies allegations of corruption

Competition Commission denies allegations of corruption

Commissioner at Competition Commission, Tembinkosi Bonakele says the allegations leveled against them are utter rubbish.

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism Investigative Journalist Craig McKune.

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Conradie for his “ShapeShifter” feature.