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Chris Hadfield Back Home: 20 Of His Amazing Photos Of Our World

CANADIAN PRESS, CNET NEWS, THE STAR (Canada)

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BAIKONUR - Canadian star astronaut Chris Hadfield landed safely back on earth early on Tuesday morning after a six-month expedition on the International Space Station (ISS) that brought the space age into the Internet era with unmatched aplomb.

He arrived at the Kazakh space base in a Russian Soyuz-TMA capsule with his NASA and RosCosmos counterparts, who he had been on board with since December 19 2012. Emerging from the capsule, the man who became an internet phenomenon and made space cool again gave a thumbs up, writes the Toronto Star daily.

Hadfield’s return marks the end of an era for the Canadian space program: it will now be at least three years before another Canadian visits the ISS, reports the Canadian Press. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said of the space star: “The tireless and unique efforts by Mr. Hadfield to educate Canada and the world about the final frontier ... are nothing short of inspirational and have helped rekindle the dreams and excitement of becoming an astronaut.”

He has posted videos, photos, and tweeted, but much of what Commander Hadfield did in space didn’t make headlines -- he worked on more than 130 experiments. From examining changes to bone density in zero gravity, and how magnetic particles can dampen vibrations, to nutrition, Hadfield is helping us understand space better, says CNET News.

Narrowing down the amazing photos to just 20 is no easy feat, but we gave it a go! Here are 20 of Chris “the coolest guy in space” Hadfield’s incredible photos.

All photos taken from Chris Hadfield's Facebook Page

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

Photo of people standing next to a cracked road in Joshimath, India

Cracked road in Joshimath

@IndianCongressO via Twitter
Rohan Banerjee*

MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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