From moon walk to space station

This article was originally published in The Christian Science Monitor under the title, “From the first walk on the moon to the space station: our expanding infinite.”

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon. My brother and I, just little kids at the time, watched history in the making.

Another little boy watched that TV broadcast too: 9-year-old Chris Hadfield. Years later that Ontario farm boy fulfilled his dream and grew up to be commander of the International Space Station. During his five-month stay there, he became an online celebrity, posting videos that shared insights into his life and work in space. His most popular video, having over 21 million views, is a performance of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity.” It shows Hadfield singing and floating with his guitar in space, while awe-inspiring views of Earth go by in the background.

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