Aperture: A Spaceman Returns

Commander Chris Hadfield, the mustachioed Canadian astronaut who stole our hearts from orbit, landed back on earth yesterday after five months circling the planet. Hadfield connected with people in a way that few astronauts before him have, embracing the online community (Twitter was my personal connection to Hadfield), using his extra-terrestrial position to share his passion about space and science with a flock of interested people, and being a kickass dude and unprecedented ambassador for NASA.

The Atlantic's In Focus, a constant source of inspiration here at A, ROBOT, compiled some of Hadfield's photos documenting his mission from launch to land, along with many of his own captions, show a playfulness in space that juxtaposes brilliantly with his awe and wonder at the rolling world below.

Welcome Back to Earth, Commander Hadfield