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Blowing our minds from space

You’ve probably already seen Commander Chris Hadfield’s pictures from space (here are some of Toronto).

You’ve probably already seen this latest music video, him covering David Bowie’s Space Oddity. It’s very cool:

Maybe you heard that a week ago he sang β€œISS – Is Somebody Singing” along with Toronto kids on Music Monday.

From space.

Dude…

My son was totally looking forward to it, and I happened to be volunteering in his class that day. So cool. In the end, there were tech and timing issues at his school, so they sang along to an earlier version of the song (which Hadfield also sang from space…). Here’s the school singing along:

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It kind of blows my mind. Someone floating around in outer space interacted and sang along with kids across the country, in real time.

Forgetting for a moment about space travel, its costs, and whether or not it’s money well spent, what Commander Hadfield had done well is make us look at and appreciate the incredible beauty of the Earth and also the value of human connection, sharing wonder and awe and little moments together, while also interacting with individual questions, etc.

Many have written more about him along these lines. And it’s all well deserved. Talk about good role models. Will be interesting to see what happens when he comes back down to earth.

I’m constantly blown away by what the internet can and has connected us to, quickly and fairly seamlessly (at least here in ubiquitous broadband land).

The idea that someone can be up in space, orbiting the earth, tweeting, sharing pictures, that my son can see and interact with him while he’s circling the earth and sing along with the rest of the country is an experience I don’t want him to take for granted.

Gotta make sure he understand that. πŸ™‚

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marco

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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