Earth, Spirit of Place: Featuring the Photographs of Chris Hadfield

Earth, Spirit of Place: Featuring the Photographs of Chris Hadfield


Photographs by Chris Hadfield, Edited by John McQuarrie, Foreword by Walter Natynczyk

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  • Publisher: Magic Light Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 221mm x 279mm x 25mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Ottawa
  • ISBN 10: 1894673689
  • ISBN 13: 9781894673686
  • Illustrations note: colour photos
  • Sales rank: 298,121

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Astronauts on board the International Space Station have many tasks, but a consistent favourite is taking photographs of Earth. The ISS astronauts dont just take digital images randomly. The photos they shoot are part of a well-defined program of data collection co-ordinated through the Crew Earth Observations team at Johnson Space Center. Current research targets include glaciers, deltas, urban areas, coral reefs, megafans (inland deltas), and long-term ecological monitoring sites. Dynamic events such as hurricanes, dust storms, volcanic eruptions, and fires are also imaged when possible. Astronauts also document the growth and change of human-made features, such as cities. The database of astronaut photography is freely accessible via the Internet and has made this book possible. For Chris Hatfield's 1,000,000+ Twitter followers, you will also find his artful tweets enlivening captions of his images. Complementing his photos are a number of NASA satellite shots captured by various orbital platforms over the last few years. As millions of you know, he was successful beyond anyone's expectations. Pallab Ghosh of BBC News observed that; "He has probably become the most famous astronaut since the days of Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin." Couldnt agree more.

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Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowies Space Oddity in space. The secret to Chris Hadfields success and survival is an unconventional philosophy. John McQuarrie is an Ottawa-based photographer whose major clients have included Coors, Marlboro, McDonnell-Douglas and Lockheed. But his real passion is producing coffee table books. His earlier works focused on the Canadian Air Force from the Second World War to the Gulf War and the Canadian Armed Forces in their role as Peacekeepers. John then turned his camera onto the cattle business and working cowboys.