News Canada

Chris Hadfield relearning how to live on Earth

By Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

MONTREAL — Chris Hadfield said Thursday morning that when he returned to Earth Monday night he had to re-learn how to talk.

The former International Space Station commander said, when the Russian-made Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan, he immediately felt gravity pull on his lips and his tongue.

Re-learning how to talk on Earth was one of many experiences Hadfield shared via video conference from Houston to a room full of journalists on Thursday at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters, just south of Montreal.

Hadfield said he felt a little dizzy and he had lost the calluses on his feet, making the simple task of standing up and moving feel like "walking on coals."

Hadfield, who spent five months orbiting 370-kilometres-high above Earth aboard the ISS, will spend the next 45 days rehabilitating with a two-hour daily exercise schedule.

His motor skills are off and he won't be allowed drive a car for two weeks, and he's lost significant bone density that will only recover to normal levels after a year.

The CSA's chief medical officer and Hadfield's flight surgeon, Raffi Kuyumjian, said Hadfield is otherwise healthy.

Hadfield shared his experience with the world through tweets and videos from space that were seen by millions.

He said he understood how popular he became while he was in space, but said that celebrity was not his goal.

"I have almost a million people following me on Twitter," he said. "But they follow me because it's interesting. The beauty, the poetry, the hope (of space) - it's international."

Poll

Have Cmdr. Chris Hadfield's tweets from the International Space Station sparked your own interest in space?


Reader's comments »

By adding a comment on the site, you accept our terms and conditions


Featured Businesses

Go to the Marketplace »