On July 20th, 1969, nine year old Chris Hadfield watched a little black and white television, as did millions of others around the world…they watched as Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. On that night, Hadfield decided he would be an astronaut when he grew up.
He was born in Canada and at that time his country did not have a space program. But Hadfield set his goal and moved forward, doing everything he could think of to get him closer to space. An engineering degree, Canadian military service and pilot training, top graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School, US Navy Test Pilot of the year…
And then he answered an ad in a Canadian newspaper: Astronauts Wanted.
In 1995, Col. Hadfield flew aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis and docked with the Mir Space Station. In 2001, he was a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, helping install Canadarm2 to the International Space Station. His most recent mission was living aboard the International Space Station for 144 days. With the help of his social media-savvy son Evan, Col. Chris Hadfield reached zillions of followers, sharing the day-to-day stuff as well as extraordinary things, via photos and video. An accomplished guitar player and singer, Col. Hadfield’s video cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity has been viewed over 18-million times.
Col. Hadfield’s new book is An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything.
In my interview with Col. Hadfield, he talks about sweating the small stuff, the feeling of blast off, the importance of continued space exploration, and his best day in space: