Since his return from space and subsequent retirement, Canadian astronaut
Chris Hadfield has been a busy man,socially!!!...I was lucky enough to meet him at
a book signing and was startled at his modesty with an aura of warmth and friendliness,very down to earth gent.
Down To Earth Human Being!
Hadfield was raised on a farm in southern Ontario, Canada. His early interest in
the space came as a child as he watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing on
TV...little did he know he would become the
first Canadian to walk in space.
His personal mission!
Chris joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets where he earned a powered pilot scholarship
and went on to graduate in mechanical engineering.Sticking with air
corp operations completing fighter training
in Military College he was the first CF-18 pilot to intercept a Soviet Tupolev Tu 95 long-range bomber. His
career continued having later been accepted into the Canadion Space Agency(1992).
Destined for further expeditions his
first visit to the International Space Station(ISS) was in April 2001 where he helped install the Canadarm2.
The 'Man Who Fell To Earth' space oddity..
While commanding his space mission Expedition35,he gained popularity
by chronicling life aboard the space station taking pictures of earth and posting through social media..in no time he attracted
attention globally and brought the life of space into the public domain in a mind blowing way! His mission ended in May 2013
when he decided to retire after a 35-year career as a military pilot and astronaut. His last broadcast from space as we know
it came in the form of music video which went viral (most apt departure from his final mission) originally sung by artist
David Bowie...space oddity.
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