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Living in Space, Living on Earth

Living in Space, Living on Earth

Pam Mandel in Space Helmet
(Pam Mandel Facebook Photo)

Seattle-based travel writer and blogger, Pam Mandel, has traveled to Hawaii and plays the ukulele.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has traveled to the International Space Station and plays the guitar.

This past weekend they came to Earth with their string instruments at the legendary San Francisco Bay Area bookstore, Book Passage in Corte Madera. They played and sang Elton John’s  “Rocket Man”  and discussed the movie Gravity during their conversation about Hadfield’s new book about his travels in space, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything.

While I circled the store’s parking lot looking for a place to land my “shuttle,” my wife walked into the store to secure us seats for the Hadfield-Mandel event. A couple of minutes later, after finding neither nook nor cranny in which we could sit or stand, she called me on her “communicator” to say “It’s a zoo in there!” Much chagrined, we drove home at something less warp speed.

But although I missed their “Live!” performance, I was able to watch that dynamic literary and musical duo in action via this YouTube video filmed at Book Passage.

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