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Chris Hadfield


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Space station commander

Expertise: Space science, Photography, film, art, Education
By Calvin Dao

“Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk,” said Chris Hadfield in a NASA interview before Expeditions 34 and 35 (Nov. 2012 to May 2013), “… whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married or whether it’s flying in space.” The Sarnia, Ont., native’s modest, “everyday Canadian” personality shone through in a video series called An Astronaut’s Guide to Life in Space, filmed during his final expedition. That, coupled with his social media savvy, catapulted the astronaut to fame. His many prior achievements, however, speak for themselves: Hadfield, who has logged nearly 4,000 hours in orbit, was the first Canadian to operate Canadarm, board Russian space station Mir, walk and float freely (and film a music video) in space and command the International Space Station.


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