The superstar astronaut

Chris Hadfield, a flight engineer on the International Space Station at the moment, continues to prove he is — as I described last month — “the coolest astronaut in history.”

He already owns Twitter and Facebook, he recorded a new song from space with the Barenaked Ladies, and done a live skit for a comedy show on TV. And now he’s performed live in concert with the Chieftains, who have just released this video of their Houston performance.

He’s set to take over as commander of the ISS tomorrow, although the Ottawa Citizen reports he seems more excited about another achievement; he just went over 500,000 followers on Twitter.