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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Chris Hadfield- A space oddity

Yesterday Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, landed safely in a Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan. He'd spent the last six months on the International Space Station, carrying out experiments, studying the effects of weightlessness on the body and uniquely, communicating with the world via Twitter and social media.

I discovered his Twitter feed about three months ago. Many times each day Commander Hadfield would share comments about his daily routine and tasks, but also he would post spectacular photographs taken from the ISS as it orbited the earth. His twitter feed can be found here. Here are a few of his images,I just love seeing how amazing the Earth looks from space!

Finally, before returning to Earth this recording of Space Oddity was posted to You Tube.

I'd just like to say to Commander Hadfield, thanks for keeping us all in touch with things on the ISS and I loved looking at the amazing images of Earth every evening. Hopefully a new crew member will carry on this work!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

I took the hound to Hound Tor

Today is the middle of my week away from work, this year so far my leave has been blessed with good weather, the sun has come out and the temperature is finally warming up (about time too it is May Day after all).

Today I got up bright and early and drove up to Dartmoor. I felt that after a year the dog needed a change of scene during his walk. It was sunny and pleasant on the moor today with great visibility, you could see for miles. These are a few pictures from the trip.