Since it first came online almost 10 years ago, Facebook has spread to almost every corner of the globe. If Facebook was a country it would have the third largest population in the world, after only China and India. It allows us to keep up to date with friends and family, in ways that were impossible just a decade ago.
We now think nothing of seeing what our brother got up to in Vietnam yesterday, or what our mate living in Australia threw on the barbie last night, or how our gran celebrated her birthday in Tanzania. We can update our status, upload a photo or comment on a friend’s post from practically anywhere on Earth, even on a ship in the middle of the ocean.
But at any given time, there are a handful of extremely lucky people who aren’t on Earth. They live aboard the International Space Station (ISS), in orbit high above the planet to which the rest of us are confined. But they still have Facebook.
Chris Hadfield in his Soyuz spacesuit
Possibly the coolest Facebook profile yet created is that of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, the current commander of the ISS. Several times a day, he updates his profile with the same sort of stuff the rest of us fill ours with. Mundane stuff like what he’s been doing today, a chore he had to accomplish, or even what he had for lunch.
Although of course, nothing’s mundane when it’s coming from space!
ISS silliness – Chris ‘levitating’ the Earth on Star Wars Day
For example, in the last week or so, Colonel Hadfield’s chores have included cleaning the cooling plumbing on the Space Station’s spacewalking suits and firing up the thrusters on their Soyuz spacecraft. He’s sung live with 600,000 schoolchildren across Canada. And he’s posted a video on how to eat dessert when you’re weightless.
Chris Hadfield hanging out with his friends aboard the ISS
Delivery for you!
Arrival of the Progress supply ship
But the thing I’ll miss most when he returns back to Earth next week are the photos he posts each day of our beautiful planet from orbit. Below are just a few, but go to Chris’s Facebook page to see many, many more. I promise you won’t regret it!
Southern UK from the ISS
I can see my house from here!
Berlin at night
The different coloured street lights still show the East/West divide from orbit