Chris Hadfield

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Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut, famous for his "tweets" from space. He was the top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991. Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut in 1992. He served as CAPCOM for 25 Shuttle launches and as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia, from 2001-2003, as well as Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003 to 2006, and Chief of International Space Station Operations from 2006 until 2008. He recently served as Commander of the ISS, conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk. He gained international fame for his photographs and his videos about life in space. His zero-gravity music video of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," received over ten million views in its first three days.[1]


In 2013, Hadfield published "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," a cross between memoirs and a self-help book, from the perspective of an astronaut. Of it, The Guardian said:

"The first internationally recognizable astronaut since the grainy black-and-white television images made Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the original Apollo astronauts into superstars."

The Globe and Mail wrote: "Chris Hadfield proved humour and humanity can reach Earth from space."


  1. Chris Hadfield, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," published by Random House Canada