Chris Hadfield

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Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield

.In 1992 he was accepted into a Canadian space program by the Canadian Space Agency. Then in 1995 he rode his first rocket, STS-74, as a mission specialist. In April 2001 he flew again on STS-100 and visited the International Space Station (ISS), where he walked in space and helped to install the Canadarm2. In December 2012 he flew for a third time aboard Soyuz TMA-07M and joined Expedition 34 on the ISS. He was a member of this expedition until March 2013 when he became the commander of the ISS as part of Expedition 35. He was responsible for a crew of five astronauts and helped to run dozens of scientific experiments dealing with the impact of low gravity on human biology. While aboard he made videos, took pictures and talked on tv shows about the life of an astronaut. He also gained popularity by playing the ISS’s guitar in space. His mission ended in May 2013 when he returned to earth. Shortly after returning, he announced his retirement, capping a 35-year career as a military pilot and an astronaut.

Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to walk in space and become commander of the ISS. He spent over 166 days in orbit and almost 3 weeks in a underwater research habitat. His journey from a small corn farm in North Ontario to becoming a well-known Canadian name, will never be forgotten.

Chris Hadfield was born in Sarnia, Ontario, Can. On August 29, 1959.Chris, who grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario, was inspired as a child by watching the Apollo 11 moon landing on tv. In high school as a member of The Royal Canadian Air Cadets he received his glider pilot license. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces and earned an engineering degree at Royal Military College. While in the military he learned to fly various types of aircraft and eventually became a test pilot and flew several experimental planes. As part of an exchange program with the United States Navy and United States Air Force, he obtained a master's degree in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.


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