Chris Hadfield Coming To Brandon

On October 12, Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, will be giving a speech on “An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth”. This talk will revolve around the idea of how to think like an astronaut.

Chris Hadfield was born on August 29th, 1959 in Sarina, Ontario, Canada. Commander Hadfield was one of the top test pilots for the United States Military. He was the first Canadian to live aboard the International Space Station, doing research on human biology and  studying the effects of low gravity on the body. On expedition 35, Chris Hadfield became the commander of the I.S.S. after the crew of expedition 34 had departed. Commander Hadfield is also an author with many popular books, to name a few, “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes,” and “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.” Commander Hadfield has also received many awards and special honours such as, the Order of Canada, N.A.S.A. Exceptional Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Cross.

When Commander Hadfield was in space, he would share insight to life aboard the ISS and some truly captivating photos via Twitter. Commander Hadfield made perhaps one of the most amazing music videos ever while in space. He played “Space Oddity,” as a tribute to David Bowie. The video was released on May 12, 2013. The video, as of today has over 41 million views. Commander Hadfield would even get the attention of David Bowie himself. David Bowie was quoted as saying “It’s possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.”

Commander Hadfield is currently a retired astronaut who began his retirement as of July 3, 2013. Commander Hadfield’s retirement has been rewarding and busy. He spends his time travelling the world sharing his knowledge and experience through public speaking events. Most recently, Commander Hadfield has started a master class where he teaches space exploration.