Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is in Vancouver to promote his new book — You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes — will always be remembered for the way he inspired people through chronicling life aboard the International Space Station.
The book is a compilation of 150 of the best photographs Hadfield took during his five-month mission aboard the space station that ended in May 2013.
“In just 92 minutes we go all the way around, incredulously gazing on place after place, barely known and only dreamed of,” Hadfield writes. “The colors and textures pour underneath, a refilling kaleidoscope of delight. Over the months in space that followed, I took thousands of photos to capture and remember it. My book You Are Here is the best of those photos— my guided tour of our planet, as if we were floating and looking out the spaceship window together.”
Hadfield’s new book shows stunning aerial shots of the world, including places like the Himalayas, Venice, Detroit, Mauritania and the Great Salt Lake.
“All of the importance [of spaceflight] is in how it affects the people and what it means to us, as an individual or as an industry or as a people,” says Hadfield. “So, it is really about how you bring it back and make the experience as relevant that matters at all.”
Hadfield’s first book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination and Being Prepared for Anything, is currently serving as inspiration for an upcoming television series.