‘Space Oddities’: Breathtaking Photos From Astronaut Chris Hadfield [Big Picture]

A new book by astronaut Chris Hadfield, known for perfoming the ‘Space Oddity’ on board the International Space Station, documents his experience in space, featuring about 150 stunning photographs he took when being in space.

The infamous NASA astronaut, Chris Hadfield, published a new book with breathtaking shoots of the Earth from the space, titled “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.”

His magnificent collection of 150 space photos, which will available for sale  Oct. 14., features delicately rippled waves of sand in the Gobi Desert, and the circular grids created by oil fields in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Divided by continent, the book replicates an International Space Station orbit, with Hadfield providing illuminating commentary on geology, geography, and meteorology.

“A desire to not keep this magnificent experience to myself,” said the retired colonel, who was the first Canadian to walk in space, “and to let people see our planet for themselves from a truly global perspective. To share the experience of floating beside me by the window for an entire orbit of our world.”

When he was living aboard the International Space Station, most recently during a five-month stint that ended last May, the Canadian commander conducted science experiments, filmed a number of popular educational, and took approximately 45,000 photos, capturing unique, otherworldly views of our planet.

“It’s such a rare vantage point,” he said. “I got to know the world well.”

Hadfield can boast three trips to space with the first mission held in 1995. He has orbited the earth 2,593 times, becoming the commander of the International Space Station in March 2013.

The Canadian astronaut will also debut some of the songs he wrote while commanding the International Space Station next week in Windsor, Ont. He is planning to perform six of the nine songs, which are “world premieres.”

“I’m looking so forward to this event in Windsor,” Hadfield said. “It’s a way to talk about the space flight and the human experience of it that is unprecedented.”

Moreover, the photos he took from the International Space Station will be on flashed on a screen behind them, reports CBC.

“It’s a multimedia combination of trying to tell the whole story,” Hadfield said.

For his performance Hadfield will be joined by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, which is the first orchestra to feature the retired colonel as a musical guest. Although, previously he had experience performing with the Houston Symphony.

“I still feel surprised that any orchestra would want to play with me,” Hadfield said before laughing. “It will be strange to look over my shoulder to an entire orchestra to take the full counter-melody.”

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