Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency will be returning to earth this evening from the International Space Station with the rest of the crew of Expedition 35. We wish them a safe return. For his farewell to the ISS, he recorded this:
I urge you to go to the YouTube website to view this in full-screen - the video is amazing.
This is one of a few videos that he's posted from the ISS and I think that they are incredibly important. They let us all share in the wonder that living in space truly inspires. It's not just about the science and research that goes on aboard the ISS, but the inspiration that the men and women who make this all possible are instilling in future generations of scientists, engineers and space-farers of the future.
These men and women are the voyagers of today - blazing a path for the rest of our futures. The "boats" may have changed, but the mission hasn't.
It is amazing, and it is awe-inspiring.