We are longtime fans of Canadian astronaut and current International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield.

From telling the world how to throw up in space, to taking amazing photographs of the UK from 120 miles up, pretty much no other astronaut has done so much to engage the public on the internet.

But this might be his finest moment.

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The above picture captures the Moon as it rises above the United States at dawn.

Posted on Twitter and taken from the window of the ISS, it's a stunning view of our planet and its nearest neighbour.


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Tonight's Finale: The Moon ushering in the dawn over the Southeastern United States.

Hadfield announced today that his "fiery fall" back to Earth will commence on May 13, after the arrival of mission 36 and its new Russian commander.


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Good Morning, Earth! We undock for our fiery fall back to Earth on 13 May. So many things left to do! And enjoying each one of them.

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  • Manchester

    "Manchester, England, home to two great football teams battling in the derby tonight. Who is your pick?"

  • Liverpool

    "Liverpool on the Mersey, very bright on a clear coastal night."

  • Birmingham

    "The lights of big cities near each other can be overwhelming - such as here, with Birmingham UK on the right."

  • London to Newcastle

    "Tonight's Finale: Night wide angle from London to Newcastle to Wales. Sure can see where we choose to live"

  • London

    "To commemorate the passing of the Iron Lady, in the centre of these London lights is #10 Downing Street."

  • Bournemouth

    "Bournemouth, with Poole harbour and beaches on the south English coast."

  • <blockquote>Oil drilling draws a circuit board on the ochre landscape. pic.twitter.com/piYgOCsWYQ</blockquote>

  • <blockquote>Tonight's Finale: The Richat Structure. A giant gazing eye upon the Earth. pic.twitter.com/Uqv9JSh17b</blockquote>

  • <blockquote>An angry thunderstorm stands out against infinity. pic.twitter.com/du78qXnViK</blockquote>

  • <blockquote>Mt Etna, pouring heat and steam and smoke up through the snowcap. Earth never ceases to amaze. pic.twitter.com/xVjJ9oiwkW</blockquote>

  • <blockquote>Cloud over western Europe, rippled like water over a stone. pic.twitter.com/nlryEezlwh</blockquote>

  • <blockquote>Perth on the Swan to the sea, Western Australia. pic.twitter.com/MvrIuCs8eT</blockquote>

  • Chris Hadfield In Water

  • In this photo posted on Twitter by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Jan. 7, 2013, the Greek Island of Corfu is shown. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield)

  • RE-TRANS FOR HIGHER RESOLUTION - This Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 photo provided by NASA, taken by Astronaut Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station, shows a view of the wildfire near Burrinjuck Dam in Australia. Look closely and you can see the flames from orbit. (AP Photo/NASA, Chris Hadfield)

  • In this photo posted on Twitter by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Jan. 7, 2013, corn rows of sand, tightly sculpted by wind, heat and time is shown in Saudi Arabia. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield)

  • In this photo posted on Twitter by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Jan. 6, 2013, a Noctilucent Cloud, a rare super high altitude cloud barely visible from Earth, is seen at dawn in the mesosphere from International Space Station. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador, shot without zoom, is shown in a photo posted on Twitter by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Jan. 7, 2013. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield)

  • In this photo posted on Twitter by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Jan. 5, 2013, the cities of Cleveland, Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit are shown. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield) (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield)

  • This photo, taken by Astronaut Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station, Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 shows a view of the wildfires in Australia. (AP Photo/NASA, Chris Hadfield)

  • In this photo posted on Twitter by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Jan. 7, 2013, the Greek Island of Corfu is shown. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield)

  • Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield holds a Toronto Maple Leafs sign on a photo posted to his Twitter account on Jan. 6, 2013. Professing his support for Toronto did not sit well with a number of hockey fans. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press via NASA,Chris Hadfield)

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    Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield waves goodbye at the end of a news conference from the International Space Station on a photograph taken from a television monitor Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada. Hadfield is on a five-month visit to the space station and will become the first Canadian to take command of the giant orbiting laboratory in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • This photo, taken by Astronaut Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station, Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 shows a view of the wildfire near Burrinjuck Dam in Australia. Look closely and you can see the flames from orbit. (AP Photo/NASA, Chris Hadfield)

  • Thomas Marshburn, Roman Romanenko, Chris Hadfield.

    The International Space Station (ISS) crew members, from left: Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speak with relatives after putting on their space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome Kazakhstan Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/ Shamil Zhumatov, pool)