Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is packing his bags as he wraps up his five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.
Hadfield tweeted Sunday morning that he “proudly” hands command of the station to Pavel Vinogradov, a Russian cosmonaut.
He also tweeted that it’s “time to rev up the Soyuz” for the trip home.
Good Morning, Earth! Today I proudy hand command of Space Station to Pavel Vladimirovich Vinogradov. Time to rev up the Soyuz, home tomorrow
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 12, 2013
Plans call for Hadfield and two other crewmembers to leave the station Monday just after 7 p.m. ET aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
They’re due to land in Kazakhstan about three-and-a-half hours later.
A helicopter will take them to a local airport, where a waiting NASA plane will fly them to Houston, Texas.
But before he leaves the station Hadfield posted a video of himself on YouTube singing a revised version of David Bowie’s classic song Space Oddity.
Facts about Chris Hadfield:
- Born Aug. 29, 1959, in Sarnia, Ont., and raised on a corn farm in Milton, Ont.
- Married on Dec. 23, 1981, to Helene Hadfield, with three adult children: Kristin, Evan and Kyle.
- Becomes interested in flying from a young age and, as an air cadet, wins a glider-pilot scholarship at 15.
- Joins the Canadian Forces in May 1978 and goes on to fly CF-18s for NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command.
- In 1992, is selected to become one of four new Canadian astronauts from a field of 5,330 applicants.
- In 1995, becomes the only Canadian to ever board the Russian Space Station. Serves as a mission specialist on NASA’s second shuttle mission to dock with the Mir station.
- In 2001, is mission specialist as U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour delivers and installs Canadarm2 on International Space Station. During the 11-day flight Hadfield performs two space walks, making him the first Canadian to float freely in space.
- In 2010, is commander of NEEMO-14, a NASA underseas facility off the coast of Florida. It uses the ocean floor to simulate exploration missions to the surface of asteroids, the moon and Mars.
- On Dec. 19, 2012, launches aboard a Russian Soyuz for a long-duration visit to the International Space Station. Is involved in more than 100 science experiments. Draws more than 750,000 social-media followers as he posts hundreds of pictures of Earth.
- On March 13, 2013, becomes first Canadian to command the space station during the last part of his five-month stay.
- Hadfield is due to return to Earth on Monday, May 13, aboard a Russian space capsule and land in Kazakhstan around 10:30 p.m. ET.
With files from CityNews.ca staff