A Social Media Star in Space

May 1, 2013

Posted by Stardome’s Mel Bruges

Cmdr-Hadfield_croppedSocial media has reached new heights, with the new Commander of the International Space Station Facebooking, You Tubeing and Tweeting about his experiences and creating an online storm.

At 53 years of age, Commander Chris Hadfield of Canada readily admits he hasn’t always been internet savvy. But before launching in December 2012, his sons Kyle and Evan suggested he tweet from space – today, @Cmdr_Hadfield has 706,000 Twitter followers, while Evan spends up to 16 hours of each day managing his father’s various social media sites, including Facebook, Tumblr and Google+.

Among the phenomenal photographs he takes of remote locations and bustling metropolises around the world (and video photography lessons on how he does it!), he posts videos on a range of topics that capture the imaginations of young and old.
Of his experiments and video diaries, ‘Chris Hadfield’s Space Kitchen’, where he shows how astronauts make peanut butter sandwiches in space, ‘Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space’ and ‘Wringing out Water on the ISS’ have been amongst the most popular…showing just what piques his audience’s interest.

With the school holidays in full swing, make sure any bored kids are sent straight to http://www.facebook.com/AstronautChrisHadfield for fun educational videos while Commander Hadfield remains on his mission.

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