Dec 122013

In this episode of the Wait Wait… The International Space Station is a pretty great backdrop for a music video, and Commander Chris Hadfield didn’t waste the opportunity as he was orbiting the Earth (at 17,500 miles an hour) back in the spring of 2012. The Canadian astronaut of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — and also tweeted and blogged from orbit, making him the de facto ambassador from Outer Space.
Since Hadfield sang about Major Tom in space, we’ve invited him to answer three questions about some lesser-known Toms.

And now the game where we bring somebody who’s flown high back to Earth with a thump. It’s called Not My Job. There have been many astronauts over the decades, but only one of them recorded a hit music video on the International Space Station. That would Commander Chris Hadfield’s version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and we’re not even menioning his tweets and blog posts from orbit, which made him the de facto ambassador from outer space.
He’s back on this planet. We’re delighted to have him with us. Commander Hadfield, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!
CHRIS HADFIELD: Thank you very much, glad to be with you.
SAGAL: So let’s get right to it. You’re a Canadian national hero, being born in Canada, Canadian Air Force pilot before you went up to the space station. And how does it feel to have your star as Canada’s most important hero taken away by Mayor Rob Ford?
HADFIELD: Yeah, that’s kind of an embarrassing thing for Canada right now. We all apologize.
SAGAL: Of course you do. We had no doubt. We took it as a given. But don’t you at the same time feel a little bit of pride in that you must know the stereotype of Canadians, and now we’ve got this guy. Don’t you think it adds a little to your cache?
HADFIELD: We were trying to compete with Charlie Sheen.

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