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TV and Online Viewing Alert: The Man Who Tweeted Earth

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in the Cupola of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/CSA

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in the Cupola of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/CSA

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has been called “the internet’s favorite astronaut” and with over 700,000 followers on Twitter, he may be one of the reasons why space is “hot” these days.

A new show featuring Hadfield’s mission on the International Space Station will air on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on Thursday, April 25 and then will be available world-wide online on April 26.

UPDATE: The online version of this show is now available on CBC here.

CBC’s The Nature of Things is broadcasting “The Man Who Tweeted Earth,”,which looks at Hadfield’s mission and features other astronauts, scientific collaborators, Hadfield’s secret weapon family member (his son) and the Mission Control staff at the Canadian Space Agency and NASA.

Also, Universe Today is proud to say that our own Elizabeth Howell is also part of this broadcast, and she’s event featured on this trailer from the CBC!:

“Essentially, I talk about the techniques Hadfield uses to keep people engaged,” Elizabeth told me, as a teaser for the show. “He tweets about people’s hometowns, for example. I also mentioned the Shatner tweeting incident and how other Star Trek actors reacted. The entire show focuses on Hadfield on the station, the experiments he’s doing, and how folks are reacting to it.”

Elizabeth added that other astronauts and “lots of smart people” are part of the show.

For those of you in Canada (and anyone who otherwise has access to the CBC) the TV broadcast is on Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV. There are other re-broadcasts later, so check the CBC’s website for info and to verify the times it is being shown in your time zone.

The show will be available online starting Friday, April 26th at: http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/the-man-who-tweeted-earth.html

The Nature of Things is CBC’s flagship science television documentary show and has been broadcasting award-winning shows for more than five decades.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Kevin Frushour April 25, 2013, 1:23 AM

    I imagine you have to hold the guitar firmly in zero g. Can’t have it sliding around.

  • Eric April 24, 2013, 8:55 PM

    @astro_Mike was the first.

  • Joan Patrie April 28, 2013, 6:39 AM

    When I was a kid, guess what I wanted to be when I grew up? Chris Hadfield did too :)