Government Video Website of the Week: the Canadian Space Agency and ‘Space Oddity’

Astronaut Chris Hadfield featured in May issue of Government Video
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield featured in May issue of Government Video

Former commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, who is featured in the May issue of Government Video because of the school video conferences he has conducted from the ISS, on Sunday relinquished command of the station to Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, and on Monday, Hadfield—a Canadian—returned to Earth.

The Canadian Space Agency documented Hadfield’s tenure as ISS commander in a collection of news releases and videos, including a video in which he led a sing-a-long for millions of Canadian viewers and school children. Additional videos involving Hadfield can be found on NASA’s ISS website, including a video in which he says that, at nine-years-old, he was so inspired by watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon that he decided to become an astronaut.

The CSA’s website is focused on the Canadian space program in general, covering its history and featuring live broadcasts of the Northern Lights, as well as updates on Hadfield’s command. However, the most popular video to be produced aboard the ISS is Hadfield’s rendition of the David Bowie song “Space Oddity,” preformed throughout the station. However, while the music is great, the video is more than singing a song in space, it is Hadfield’s salute to space exploration, and it is amazing.
For using video in a different way to promote the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” video and the CSA website are Government Video’s Websites of the Week.
Click here to access “Space Oddity” and here to access the CSA website.