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Making the most of zero gravity

Astronaut and author Chris Hadfield discusses life in, and after, space

2:32pm, November 27, 2013

SPACING OUT  During his five months aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Chris Hadfield made a series of YouTube videos showing what life is like in weightless conditions.

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Legendary astronauts like John Glenn and Neil Armstrong achieved fame through single extraordinary moments. Yet Chris Hadfield is arguably the most famous post-Apollo astronaut thanks to his YouTube videos chronicling astronauts’ everyday lives. His new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, includes what he learned from his time at the Canadian Space Agency.

Science News talked to Hadfield, who recently retired after a five-month stint on the International Space Station, about a few of the experiences discussed in his book and his thoughts on space science and exploration.


How has the transition back to Earth been going? 

It’s rude when you get home. Your body has to instantaneously go from the graceful elegance of perpetual weightlessness to the tyranny of gravity. Your balance system is messed up, you’re nauseous and you can’t walk. It&rsquo

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