The astronaut from next door: Canadian Chris Hadfield is quickly becoming the biggest name in space travel
Bread is a bad idea in space. Bread makes for crumbs and crumbs make for a mess in zero gravity, floating this way and that, and so a Canadian astronaut hankering for a peanut butter and honey sandwich will leave the Wonder behind for us earthbound slobs and reach instead for a fresh vacuum-sealed flour tortilla.
“A tortilla can be good for 18 months,” Chris Hadfield explains in a scene from “Chris Hadfield’s Space Kitchen,” the latest video from our man among the stars detailing everyday life aboard the International Space Station.
The 53-year-old makes peanut butter and honey sandwiches. In other dispatches, he has brushed his teeth, demonstrated how to clean up a water spill, bubble by bubble, by plucking the distended orbs from mid-air, jammed with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, put on a goofy outfit to celebrate Mardi Gras, swapped tweets with William (Captain Kirk) Shatner, dropped a puck from the heavens on Hockey Night in Canada, fixed some space station gizmo of great scientific importance while sending out a daily stream of majestic photographs of the Earth below — the Sahara, the Australian Outback, the blinding lights of Beijing — via Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Tumblr.