Weekly Space Hangout – Jan 10, 2018: Tim Dodd, Everyday Astronaut

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Special Guest:
Tim Dodd created the Everyday Astronaut project in 2013 when he found himself the lone bidder of a Russian flight suit. Tim is a professional photographer and space and science communicator based out of Cedar Falls, Iowa. The majority of his career has been spent shooting weddings, taking him to 120 different weddings in 15 states and 3 countries. His most recent works are in the spaceflight realm, shooting rockets at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for www.SpaceFlightnow.com.


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Everyday ‘Astronaut’ Photo Series Goes From Cooking Disaster To Toasting Apollo 13

One photo in the series "A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut". Credit: Tim Dodd

What’s an everyday astronaut to do when it’s not his turn to take a mission to space? Well, the same things as the rest of us — brush teeth, do a little cooking — but wearing a (pretend) spacesuit, just in case.

At least, that’s the vision of photographer Tim Dodd, who posted a series of photos of him going about the everyday actions of a wannabe astronaut during one day. He wakes up in a space-themed bed, mows the lawn and goes shopping bedecked in the suit, and then toasts the movie Apollo 13 before going to bed.

“In November of 2013, I found myself the lone bidder of a Russian high altitude space suit on an auction website called RRauction,” Tim Dodd wrote on his blog.

“Since then, I’d been scheming how to best use the suit. I have been revisiting my childhood love for space and my obsession was growing stronger and stronger. It was only natural to use this suit to project the inner child in me, still dreaming about space. With that, I present to you: ‘A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut.’ ”

The series is full of a few jokes, including a reference to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield — that social media sensation who went on to write a bestseller called “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth.”

(h/t Reddit)