The conversation on this episode of StarTalk is out of this world, when Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Chris Hadfield. Hadfield is the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, author of “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,” and a YouTube sensation for his cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” which he performed and filmed aboard the International Space Station. During tonight’s interview, Hadfield shares his influences that led to him becoming an astronaut, what it’s like to live in zero gravity, and seeing social media rise from its beginnings to making its way into orbit.
Chris Hadfield was an astronaut before social media existed and is still an astronaut now in the age of social media. Here, Hadfield reflects on how sharing his experience in space has changed through the years:
Also, on this evening’s episode, Neil is joined by comedian Eugene Mirman and engineer and former astronaut Mike Massimino. On his two space flights, Massimino has logged over 571 hours in orbit, and was the first astronaut to send a tweet from space. Together, they all discuss topics including the dangers of space flight, how space exploration can unify warring nations, and the possibility of one day walking on Mars.
Then, as always, we hear from Bill Nye. He is hopeful for a future on Mars as well, and would begin with human exploration rather than robotic. This would allow us to make discoveries much more efficiently and quickly and also bring with us our pioneering spirit that has brought us as far as we’ve come today, and will undoubtedly propel us into a new frontier of exploring the cosmos.
Don’t miss an all-new StarTalk, tonight at 11/10c!