When Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield was as far from home as a human can get, he used SoundCloud to share the sounds of the International Space Station and connect with everyone back on Earth.
During six months in orbit, including three as the Commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield documented the sounds of his daily life – things like Spacewalk Pressure Equalization, Spacesuit Bleed and Shutdown, and many of the ambient noises from inside the space station. Occasionally, he also recorded folk songs (he’s a longtime musician).
Now back on earth, Colonel Hadfield was gracious enough to take some time out of his busy retirement to answers a few questions for us. Hear him talk further about the noisiest and quietest places on the space station, what landing back on earth was like, and how he was able to get a guitar into space:
“So much of what we know and what we think and what we feel and what we remember is affiliated with how it all sounded,” Hadfield says. We couldn’t agree more.
You can hear some of the sounds the Colonel recorded in space in the below set:
Image Source: NASA