Chris Hadfield has been to space three times, completed two spacewalks and visited two different space stations, but for many, it is the video of him with a guitar, floating around in zero gravity aboard the International Space Station playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity that he is best remembered.
In this week’s Science Focus Podcast he talks to sciencefocus.com editor Alexander McNamara about how close the late songwriter’s vision of space was to reality, the life of a retired astronaut, and keeping yourself entertained on the ISS.
Alongside former BBC Focus columnist Robin Ince, Commander Chris Hadfield, hosts Space Shambles at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 15 June, featuring an eclectic mix of science, music and comedy, with talks and performances from space scientist Professor Monica Grady, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart and comedian Stewart Lee among others – find out more (tickets from £9).
Listen to more Science Focus Podcast episodes:
- Project Discovery and its search for exoplanets
- Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking
- The future of humanity with Michio Kaku
- Building a base on the Moon, and crafting believable sci-fi
- Transhumanism – using technology to live forever
- Changing our behaviour with virtual reality