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Chris Hadfield

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Chris Hadfield

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Full Name: Chris Austin Hadfield
Born: August 29, 1959
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Astronaut, Engineer, Science Communicator, Fighter Pilot, Author, Singer
Nationality: Canadian


Chris Austin Hadfield is a retired Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut, engineer, science communicator, singer, and former fighter pilot. The first Canadian to walk in space, Hadfield has flown two Space Shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station (ISS). Prior to his career as an astronaut, Hadfield served in the Canadian Forces for 25 years as an Air Command fighter pilot.

As a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, he earned a glider pilot scholarship at age 15 and a powered pilot scholarship at age 16. After graduating from high school in 1978, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and spent two years at Royal Roads Military College followed by two years at the Royal Military College, where he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and conducted his post-graduate research at the University of Waterloo in 1982.

In May 1992, Hadfield graduated with a master's degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute, and was selected to become one of four new Canadian astronauts from a field of 5,330 applicants in June 1992. He was chief of robotics for the NASA Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas from 2003 to 2006 and was chief of International Space Station Operations from 2006 to 2008, and NASA announced in 2010 that Hadfield would become the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, leading Expedition 35 after its launch on December 19, 2012.

In June 2013, one month after completing his third trip to space, Hadfield announced that he would be retiring from the Canadian Space Agency and moving back to Canada with his wife, with whom he has three adult children.

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