Astronaut tweets pictures of SA from space

Chris Hadfield. (AFP)

Chris Hadfield. (AFP)

Chris Hadfield resides in the International Space Station (ISS) where he has been orbiting the earth since December 2012. Hadfield is the commander of Expedition 35 and has posted hundreds of images of the earth on social media over the past few months, which makes him a bit of a superstar. He says that, along with his team, he is able to capture unparalleled views of our planet from the seven-windowed Cupola observation deck.

Hadfield has also made a four-minute video called Snapshots From Space, in which he explains how his team is able to capture the amazing images from the ISS – which is 400 kilometres from earth at a speed of 8km per second. The beauty of taking photos from space he says, is that "if something is not here this time, tomorrow it might be … or maybe next week, or maybe a month from now. There's not a race to get a picture … you can be patient." 

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Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee is the social media accounts director at Ogilvy PR. She was previously the deputy digital news editor and social media editor at the Mail & Guardian. Haji has an honours degree in journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and continues to write columns for the M&G. Read more from Haji Mohamed Dawjee

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