Sunday 21 January 2018

Chris Hadfield talks disco, politics and love as he releases new album recorded in space

Chris Hadfield dons the green jersey before entertaining the crowd with some music.
Chris Hadfield dons the green jersey before entertaining the crowd with some music.
Col Chris Hadfield with his guitar in Trinity College Dublin.

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Everyone's favourite astronaut, Chris Hadfield, shared his thoughts on a wide range of subjects as he took part in a 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) session on Reddit.

It was the Canadian spaceman's third time participating in a AMA event and coincides with the launch of his new album called Space Sessions : Songs from a Tin Can.



The questions posed covered topics such as food, politics, smells, and the future of space travel.

Hadfield has received praise for his cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" having recorded the vocals and guitar in his sleeping pod aboard the ISS.

During the interrogation session he admitted that he is not a fan of dance music and has no ambition to become a politician.

He described seeing Earth from space as a 'religious experience', and said it taught him that the 'us versus them' attitude is pointless.

Hadfield also revealed that he isn't optimistic regarding the possibility of facilitating travel to Mars in the near future.

The most unusual question was posed by Reddit user KeeperDe, who asked the Commander what  the ISS smells like.

"In six months there I never smelled body odour. We sponge bath every day, and the air purification and circulation system is very good.

"It was a pleasant surprise. The Space Shuttle and the Soyuz, on the other hand, both got a little ripe," Hadfield quipped.

The astronaut ended the discussion by offering advice regarding matters of the heart.

“Never hate what you are doing. Make the most of it, find pleasure in the nuance and the art of it, become better at it, laugh at it, make it one of the things that you can do.

"If it’s truly insufferable, then you must change and do something else. But get the most out of each step of life as you go.

"There’s always more there than you think. And celebrate success now," he said

Nicely done Chris.

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