Earth is a long way from the International Space Station, and from his perch as its first Canadian commander, Chris Hadfield missed his earthbound children dearly. So the multi-talented astronaut pulled out his guitar and wrote a song. “As our kids grew up, I sang each of them a bedtime song every night. It was a peaceful, shared moment of grace before sleep,” said Hadfield. “I wrote and recorded Space Lullaby for my daughter, Kristin, to reach out across the time and distance, and be close again in our dreams.”
He performed Space Lullaby while visiting the Maclean’s newsroom as part of his role as guest-editor of our special Space issue, out on newsstands both digital and physical this week. Watch that performance below.
His album, Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can, is reportedly the first to be largely recorded in space. It comes out on October 9. You can listen to the first track off the album, Feet Up, here.
Get to know the great unknowable. Read Maclean’s special Space issue, on physical newsstands this week and on Next Issue, Apple Newsstand and Google Play.