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.
Good morning, sunshine. I was looking through my space photos last night and found this one. Dawn brings renewal. pic.twitter.com/PfRGnmVw0l— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) August 10, 2014
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.