'We have liftoff! God Speed @Cmdr_Hadfield!'

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@Cmdr_Hadfield prepares for lift off

Chris Hadfield is about to become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. In the days before his Dec. 19 launch he’s been busy documenting his preparations in 140-character bursts:

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Wed, Dec 19 2012 07:08:09

Bobblehead Astronauts – each of us now has the complete set. Not much good in weightlessness, but fun on Earth :) Hadfield
Enemas and Barf Bags – the less glamorous side of spaceflight :) From today’s medical briefings in quarantine. Hadfield
Cosmonaut Breakfast in Quarantine: omelet, bacon, mustard, red caviar. Hadfield
Space Accidents – 1-page summary from X-15 to Vostok to ISS. Worth understanding. Hadfield
Aliens Exist! At least on this Christmas tree :) Good morning to all, from Kazakhstan, 1 week to launch. Hadfield
There is an unbelievable thrill in getting into your own spaceship. This is the same hatch we’ll use on the launch pad. Hadfield
Pressure Suit – I trust my life to this bubble of plexiglass, hand-sewn suit & the craftspeople who put it together. Hadfield
Hatch to Another World – what it looks like to climb into a Soyuz spaceship. We then crawl down into our seats. Hadfield
How Astronauts Relax in Quarantine – for the real Russian billiards players, how’s my technique? Hadfield
What are 10 Songs you’d Take to Space with you? Here’s my list, plus Ed Robertson’s and Bob McDonald’s: Hadfield
Early Christmas – prime & backup crews at the Cosmodrome museum. It’s beginning to look a lot like … spaceflight! Hadfield
It takes these 32 engines to get these 3 humans safely above the air. And that’s just the start. Hadfield
Soyuz Docking Sim on a Laptop – what we train with in Quarantine; left joystick is for moving, right for turning. Hadfield
Just watched the Station fly over, with my family, after celebrating Christmas together in Quarantine (not too close!). Very special.Chris Hadfield
Up early, can hear the wind blowing. It’s 30 below as they roll the rocket on its carrier train to the launch pad. Stay warm, launch guests!Chris Hadfield
My kids brought me a Yule Tree that plugs into a USB port. Perfect for the Christmas traveler who has to pack light. Hadfield
Soyuz Rescue – 8 planes, 13 helicopters and a ship wait along our launch track, from here to Japan, just in case. Hadfield
Up early, can hear the wind blowing. It’s 30 below as they roll the rocket on its carrier train to the launch pad. Stay warm, launch guests!Chris Hadfield
How cold was it at rocket roll-out this morning? My son took this portrait of his wife. Hadfield
My Soyuz Checklists – from L to R: Launch/Entry, Malfunctions, Orbital Flight. Colour-coded for easy spaceflight. Hadfield
Our rocket rode to the launch pad on a rail. Fill ‘er up, please, we have a long trip planned. Hadfield
Quarantine Guitar – got medical clearance to play some songs with brother Dave, just 24 hrs ’til launch. Very special. Hadfield
Feel what Launch is like – a couple videos worth watching: Hadfield
RT @Astro_Jeremy: @Cmdr_Hadfield ‘s kids already completed suit up 4 launch. To say that we are all excited would be an understatement! D. González
Haircut for Space Travel – Tatiana got cleared to come into Quarantine. Next barber will be Tom with a vacuum cleaner. Hadfield
One last kiss before I go – love under glass with my wife. It’s launch morning, I slept well, feel great. 10 hrs until! Hadfield
Just took my last hot shower for 5 months. I lingered …Chris Hadfield
A Little Launch Music – same as 11 years ago, I played just before heading to space. Day to Day, by Stan Rogers. Hadfield
RT @Astro_DavidS: @Cmdr_Hadfield and his crewmates leaving for the launchpad in Baikonur. Soyuz launch at 0712 ET! Attwood
RT @ShuttleAlmanac: Rare view a Canadian flag on the pad at Baikonour @csa_asc @Cmdr_Hadfield is aboard, eh !
We have liftoff! God Speed @Cmdr_Hadfield!CanadianSpaceAgency
Amazing launch this (Canadian) morning. Congrats to @Cmdr_Hadfield and crew. Is he playing sudoku during launch?