Astronaut Chris Hadfield with our moustache patches

We attended the Chris Hadfield book signing event in Cardiff on Tuesday 17th December. We happily queued with a few hundred happy others. It got cold but kept dry. A great bunch of interested and interesting people, old and young with Chris Hadfield as the inspiration for being there.

A brief encounter but well worth the wait, Chris signed with inscriptions if required. We presented Chris with some of the moustache patches, he offered to sign one for me, but me at 55 years (and still tongue tied, astronauts my boyhood heroes) I politely refused and regretted it ever since. Ah well there is always next time.

Photos courtesy of Bryar.

Chris Hadfield Moustache Patches Waterstones Chris Hadfield signs

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Book Signings

Canadian Astronaut on his book tour this side of the Atlantic, go along and meet him, have a chat, buy a book and get it signed……………………

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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 December 13, 2013
Leicester, England (United Kingdom)
TBA –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

National Space Centre

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December 14, 2013
London, England (United Kingdom)
TBA –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

[Venue TBA]

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December 14, 2013
Dublin, Ireland
12:00pm –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Eason’s (O’Connell Street)

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December 15, 2013
London, England (United Kingdom)
 Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Waterstones (Piccadilly)

Meet

Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

WATERSTONE’S PICCADILLY Sunday, 15 December 2013, 3:00PM

The world renowned astronaut and YouTube sensation will be signing copies of his new book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.  Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Further terms and conditions may apply.

Further details: 020 7851 2419

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December 16, 2013
London, England (United Kingdom)
 Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Waterstone’s (Oxford) and
Science Museum (London)

Meet the worlds most famous Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield in Oxford!

Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

WATERSTONE’S OXFORD Monday, 16 December 2013, 12:00PM

We are excited to a announce a unique chance to meet everyone’s favourite Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield. While serving as Commander of the International Space Station Chris became a worldwide social media sensation posting breath taking photos from Space, and famously recording a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity”. Chris will be signing copies of “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”. Please plan your docking with the store early, as we expect huge interest in this out of the world event!

Further details: 01865 790212

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December 17, 2013
Cardiff, Wales (United Kingdom)
3:00pm –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Meet an Astronaut!

Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

WATERSTONE’S CARDIFF THE HAYES Tuesday, 17 December 2013, 3:00PM

Astronaut and YouTube sensation Chris Hadfield will be in the store signing copies of his new book ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ – the vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, get what you want, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth.

Further details: 02920665606


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December 17, 2013
Chepstow, Wales (United Kingdom)
TBA –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

The Drill Hall

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December 18, 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)
7:00pm –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Talk and book signing: “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”
The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

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December 19, 2013
London, England (United Kingdom)
TBA –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Found in Music event and book signing: “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”
[Venue TBA]

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January 9, 2014
Dublin, Ireland
TBA –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Laya Healthcare Pendulum Summit
Convention Centre Dublin
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January 11, 2014
Dublin, Ireland
9:30am –  Chris Hadfield (STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35)

Royal Dublin Society

 

Brilliant ISS Pass from Walsall Area Tonight

Brilliant bright ISS pass over our house tonight at 18.14 hours (6 minute duration) . Watched it cross and from this position it passed in front of the Moon and Jupiter.

Just been outside for the 19.50 pass and the sky was almost completey covered in cloud.

Currently onboard the ISS:

Expedition 33

Oleg Novitsky

Yevgeni Tarelkin

Kevin Ford and

Expedition 34

Roman Romanenko

Chis Hadfield

Thomas Marshburn

I’ve seen the ISS – Have You?

Celebrate observing the International Space Station (ISS) with pride.

We have just released this new patch measuring approx. 75mm x 100mm (3 x 4 inches). See the Spaceboosters website for details.

I've Seen the International Space Station Embroidered Patch

 

How to See the Space Station From the Ground
 
 
Depending on your location on the Earth’s surface, the spacecraft’s position in orbit and the time of day, you may be able to see either the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits about 240 statute miles above the planet. A spacecraft will be seen as a steady — not blinking — white pinpoint of light moving slowly across the sky.Flight Dynamics Officers in NASA’s Mission Control Center use sophisticated computer software to predict when and where the space station will be visible to people on the ground.Visit the latest NASA web page for ‘Spot the station’ opportunities and alerts.

Image of a graphic showing how to locate a satellite during a viewing opportunity.

Image above: Satellite sighting graphic shows how to locate a satellite during a viewing opportunity. Credit: Richard Czentorycki (RSIS)/NASA.

Viewing Tips

  • For best results, observers should look in the direction and at the elevation shown in the appearing column at the time listed. Because of the speed of an orbiting vehicle, telescopes are not practical. However, a good pair of field binoculars may reveal some detail of the structural shape of the spacecraft.
The International Space Station marked its 12th anniversary of continuous human occupation on Nov. 2, 2012. Since Expedition 1, which launched Oct. 31, 2000, and docked Nov. 2, the space station has been visited by 204 individuals. At the time of the anniversary, the station’s odometer read more than 1.5 billion statute miles (the equivalent of eight round trips to the Sun). As of July 2012, there have been 125 launches to the space station since the launch of the first module, Zarya, at 1:40 a.m. EST on Nov. 20, 1998: 81 Russian vehicles, 37 space shuttles, one U.S. commercial vehicle, three European and three Japanese vehicles. The final space shuttle mission July 8-21, 2011, by Atlantis delivered 4.5 tons of supplies in the Raffaello logistics module.

A total of 162 spacewalks have been conducted in support of space station assembly totaling more than 1,021 hours.

The space station, including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a U.S. football field, including the end zones, and weighs 861,804 pounds, not including visiting vehicles. The complex now has more livable room than a conventional five-bedroom house, and has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window.

Additional launches will continue to augment these facts and figures, so check back here for the latest.

International Space Station Size & Mass

  • Module Length: 167.3 feet (51 meters)
  • Truss Length: 357.5 feet (109 meters)
  • Solar Array Length: 239.4 feet (73 meters)
  • Mass: 924,739 pounds (419,455 kilograms)
  • Habitable Volume: 13,696 cubic feet (388 cubic meters)
  • Pressurized Volume: 32,333 cubic feet (916 cubic meters)
  • Power Generation: 8 solar arrays = 84 kilowatts
  • Lines of Computer Code: approximately 2.3 million

Expedition 34 at Launch

Expedition 34 at Launch photo of crew
Expedition 34 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), top, NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko wave farewell from the bottom of the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Their Soyuz TMA-07M rocket launched at 7:12 a.m. EST.

Image Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi