by Alison Dorf
I've always wondered why modern day astronauts don't have the celebrity status like they did just a few decades ago. But today, it finally dawned on me. Social Media.
Everyone knows that you're not officially in a relationship if it's not official on Facebook. And you're not officially a celeb unless you've got a social media rep to prove it.
Meet Chris Hadfield, the singing sensation who has recently conquered social media. And, he's an astronaut.
Hadfield spent five months on the International Space Station during which he created a series of videos from how to wring out a washcloth in space, to getting sick and preparing food — his popularity has exploded to the point that people from across the Internet are calling Hadfield the "King of Space," though a well-timed photo in Kazakhstan didn't hurt.
Most recently to gain mass interest is his music video, "Space Oddity," adapted for space from the original song by David Bowie.
I really like this guy. Not because he makes awesome videos about space or because these videos are so authentic and mind-boggling when you see a distant Earth spinning in the background window, but because he is sparking an interest in people about space again.
Space exploration is so exciting; just because it's no longer about the Space Race like it was for the United States in 1969, doesn't mean it's not crucial to continue to explore.
If you need a new video to watch while getting your daily YouTube fix, Hadfield is the guy to search. Seriously.