This Thursday, during a scheduled Tweetup at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Headquarters in St Hubert, Quebec, two space commanders will have a chat over the phone.
CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has been on the International Space Station (ISS) since December 21, will get a call from Canadian-born actor William Shatner, who played James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series.
The two tweeted not long after Hadfield arrived on the station. Shatner tweeted Hadfield saying “Are you tweeting from space?” to which Hadfield replied “Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.”
The conversation comes Thursday during a Tweetup being hosted by the CSA. 30 ‘tweeps’ have been invited to participate. At 10:30, Jeremy Hansen will make a short presentation. Then astronaut Hadfield will talk briefly with Mr. Shatner. Then Hadfield will take questions from the tweeps. Afterwards, various presentations on aspects of the CSA will be presented to the tweeps. Anyone can follow what the tweeps tweet during the day by following the hashtag #CSATweetup on Twitter.
Hadfield has been tweeting and posting photos of his training since 2010, a full two years before leaving Earth for the ISS last December 19. He has shared his experiences during training at various sites around the world and backing up another Soyuz crew who flew to the ISS last summer. Since arriving on the ISS, he has tweeted over 360 photos, primarily of various sites on the Earth below.
With just a few thousand followers before his flight, Hadfield’s follower base has swelled to over 303,000 as people around the world learned that he was inviting everyone to join him onboard through his tweets.
You can see every photo Hadfield has tweeted on SpaceRef’s Chris Hadfield web page.
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield strums his guitar in the International Space Station’s Cupola on Dec. 25, 2012. Credit: NASA
Not only does he share photos, but he has recorded sounds of the ISS and downloaded those files. WIth multiple fans and motors running all the time, the ISS is a pretty noisy place.
Hadfield has a guitar on board and plans to record a CD of various songs during his stay.
Here is his first song played on the ISS.
SpaceRef Canada will broadcast the live event on our web at 10:40 a.m ET.