- NAME: Chris Hadfield
- OCCUPATION: Astronaut
- BIRTH DATE: August 29, 1959 (Age: 54)
- Did You Know?: In 2001, Hadfield became the first Canadian to leave a spacecraft and freely float in space.
- EDUCATION: Royal Military College, University of Waterloo, University of Tennessee
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
- Full Name: Chris Hadfield
- AKA: Colonel Chris Hadfield
- AKA: Col. Chris Hadfield
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Chris Hadfield is a pioneering Canadian astronaut who became a global celebrity through his Twitter feed while aboard the International Space Station in 2013.
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For Hadfield, the boyhood wonder he'd first experienced as a farm kid in Ontario had far from dissipated.
"To be able to command the space station, yes, it's professional, and yes, I'll take it seriously, and yes, it's important for Canada, but for me, as just a Canadian kid, it makes me want to shout and laugh and do cartwheels," he said shortly before departing.
Over the next several months,
Hadfield enthralled novice space enthusiasts with his Twitter feed, offering insight into his life aboard the station while also taking and sharing stunning images of the universe around him.
His celebrity took another leap shortly before returning to Earth, when, with the help of his web-savvy son, Evan, Hadfield performed and produced a music-video tribute to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" aboard the Space Station. The video, which was posted on YouTube, garnered more than 7 million views within just a few days. It even caught the attention of Bowie, who stated, "It's possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created."
With fellow astronauts, American Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko, Hadfield returned to Earth safely on May 13, 2013. He was relieved to be home. "It smelled of just wind in the grass," he said, recalling what it was like to first open the hatch of the spacecraft after landing. "The smell of spring."
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