To call Chris Hadfield the coolest astronaut since some dude named Buzz punched a moon landing conspiracy theorist in the face would be a monumental understatement.
Acting as commander of the International Space Station for the past several months, Hadfield has fueled excitement about the space exploration among us earth-bound losers by tweeting frequently, Redditing occasionally and even finding time to vlog on YouTube every once in a while. All from freakin’ outer space. So baller.
Hadfield’s time orbiting the planet is about to come to an end, sadly. He’s scheduled to return to earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft late tonight (and you can stream it online).
Prior to departure, he made sure to leave the world with one last out-of-this-world (literally) performance. Here he is doing a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — with a few lyrics altered to better fit his ISS experience. Consider it his space encore:
Damn. If becoming the universe’s most awesome astronaut didn’t work out so well for him, he might have been able to carve out a niche for himself as a musician.
Come to think of it… how much does NASA pay? Maybe it’s time for Hadfield to embark on a new career back home. What’s more awe-inspiring: looking at the earth from outside the atmosphere or rocking a stadium full of people?