Uploaded on May 12, 2013
Chris Hadfield's mission reflections
2013-05-12 - With a breathtaking view of our planet around him, CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield reflects upon his mission, his upcoming return to Earth and his connection with the public. Canada's first Commander of the International Space Station thanks everyone who followed and made this mission a shared experience.
(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
Chris Hadfield : Who would have thought that five months away from the planet would make you feel closer to people? And not closer because I miss them, just closer because seeing this this way and being able to share it through all of the media that we've used, has allowed me to get a direct reflection back, immediate from so many people that it makes me feel like I'm actually there with people or that we're having a conversation, that this experience is not individual, but it's shared and it's mutual, and it's worldwide.
Coming back to Earth I'm looking forward to eat the reality out of it, the smells of it, the sounds of it, the noise of it, the clattering...the life on Earth. The Space Station is an outpost, it's right onto the edge of the human experience. It's a very select, tiny group of people that are here, making that occupied, making it work. But it's austere. The work is challenging and fun, and the opportunity and future is tremendous. But it's late. I need to go to bed. I got work to do tomorrow. This view is magnetic and mesmerizing. But from the bottom of my heart, thank you and see you soon.