"Like millions of you, I have taken great delight in following Chris Hadfield since his Soyuz launch in 2012. And it is now a privilege and pleasure to produce this book celebrating a selection of many of Chris’ beautiful and evocative photographs taken during his five months on the International Space Station. Complementing his images you will also find a number of NASA satellite shots captured by various orbital platforms over the last few years.
John McQuarrie, Editor and Publisher"
“Astronauts on board the International Space Station have many tasks, but a consistent favorite is taking photographs of Earth. The ISS astronauts don’t just take digital images randomly. The photos they shoot are part of a well-defined program of data collection coordinated through the Crew Earth Observations team at Johnson Space Center. Current research targets include glaciers, deltas, urban areas, coral reefs, megafans (inland deltas), and long-term ecological monitoring sites. Dynamic events such as hurricanes, dust storms, volcanic eruptions, and fires are also imaged when possible. Astronauts also document the growth and change of human-made features, such as cities. The database of astronaut photography is freely accessible via the Internet and has made this book possible.”
Chris Hadfield prior to launching for the International Space Station in 2012:
“This experience will be way too rich to keep to myself, I am planning to record and share this experience in as many ways as I can. Take pictures, write music, write e-mails, use the phone on board, call people that I know, talk to the media, but also send a tweet as often as I can. I think as many people should see what is going on as humanly possible.”
(His Twitter address is: @Cmdr_Hadfield)
Chris Hadfield upon his return to Earth in 2013:
“To think of how far we have come, as a country in space flight, to go from one little satellite, as a very early experimental thing, through to relay satellites where we could watch hockey from coast to coast … then our arm going on the shuttle, then Marc Garneau going on the shuttle, It almost looks like it was all beautifully planned and laid out, but it is really just been building on the success of the past, recognizing that in amongst everything else that is going on, this is something that Canada ought to be involved in."
Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield left the International Space Station with the flourish of a rock star, releasing a polished music video tribute to his months in space in the final hours before his return to Earth. Hadfield reworked some of the lyrics to pop star David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” playing guitar and having the instrument float around the ISS, "in a most peculiar way." Some of the cover tune referred to his return to earth: "Lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on.... Detach from station and may God's love be with you."
How Chris Hadfield turned earthlings on to space:
Janet Davison, CBC News
When Chris Hadfield and his family began talking three years ago about how to give Canadians a behind-the-scenes look at his next spaceflight, they came up with some ideas that would forge an unprecedented everyman link between life on Earth and his stint on the International Space Station. That bond, which resulted in, among other things, more than 1,000,000 followers all over the globe keeping up with Hadfield on Twitter, ended — in some ways — when Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the ISS, and two other astronauts strapped tightly inside a Soyuz spacecraft landed on the flat steppes of Kazakhstan in May of 2012.