‘Good morning, Earth!’ That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield – writing on Twitter – woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut and three spaceflights, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon.
Colonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic firsts. In 1992 he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist–Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crew member. Three years later, aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build space station ‘Mir’. In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks – the first Canadian to do so – and in 2013, he was Commander of the International Space Station – the first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship, so far.
Colonel Hadfield is the author of the internationally bestselling book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.