Chris Hadfield

Speaker, Celebrity


Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

“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. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

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.

During his multi-faceted career, Colonel Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions.

A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He is the author of the internationally bestselling book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, and has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins, and on Canada’s newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams).

“Good morning, Earth!” (“Bonjour la Terre!”) C’est ainsi que le colonel Chris Hadfield débutait chaque matin ses sessions sur Twitter pendant son séjour de cinq mois à bord de la Station spatiale internationale. Au terme d’une carrière d’astronaute ayant duré 21 ans, au cours de laquelle il a participé à trois vols dans l’espace, le colonel Hadfield est devenu une célébrité mondiale en canalisant le pouvoir des médias sociaux pour rendre l’espace accessible à tous, en y réinjectant au passage un sens de l’émerveillement qui n’avait pas été ressenti par les citoyens de la Terre depuis les premiers pas de l’Homme sur la Lune. Maintenant considéré comme l’astronaute le plus connu depuis Neil Armstrong, Chris Hadfield continue de promouvoir les merveilles de la science et de l’espace auprès de tous ceux qu’il rencontre.

Le colonel Hadfield a inscrit plusieurs premières au palmarès de l’histoire du Canada dans l’espace. En 1992, il a été sélectionné par l’Agence spatiale canadienne pour entreprendre un entraînement de spécialiste de mission de la NASA – devenant à ce titre le premier astronaute canadien entièrement qualifié pour opérer les systèmes de la navette spatiale. Trois ans plus tard, à bord de la navette Atlantis, Hadfield a été le premier Canadien à opérer le Bras canadien dans l’espace, ainsi que le premier Canadien à visiter un vaisseau spatial russe alors qu’il contribuait à la construction de la station spatiale Mir. En 2001, à bord de la navette Endeavour, le colonel Hadfield est devenu le premier Canadien à marcher dans l’espace alors qu’il effectuait deux sorties extravéhiculaires pour installer le Canadarm2 sur la station spatiale. En 2013, il devenait le commandant de la Station spatiale internationale – à ce jour, le premier et seul Canadien à prendre le commandement d’un vaisseau spatial habité.

Au cours d’une carrière présentant de multiples facettes, le colonel Hadfield a, entre autres, intercepté des bombardiers soviétiques au-dessus de l’espace aérien du Canada, vécu au fond de l’océan, agi en tant que Directeur des opérations de la NASA en Russie, et enregistré des vidéos à caractère scientifique et musical qui ont été visionnées par des centaines de millions d’internautes.

Décoré de nombreuses fois à titre d’astronaute, d’ingénieur et de pilote, le colonel Hadfield s’est vu décerné plusieurs médailles, parmi lesquelles celle de l’Ordre du Canada, celle de l’Ordre de l’Ontario, la Meritorious Service Cross, et la NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Il a été nommé meilleur pilote d’essai (Top Test Pilot) à la fois par la US Air Force et par la US Navy, et il a été intronisé au Temple de la renommée de l’Aviation du Canada. Auteur du bestseller international Guide d’un astronaute pour la vie sur Terre, Chris Hadfield a été commémoré sur des timbres émis par Postes Canada, sur des pièces d’or et d’argent frappées par la Monnaie royale canadienne, ainsi que sur le nouveau billet de banque canadien de cinq dollars (qui célèbre également ses collègues astronautes Steve MacLean et Dave Williams).


The Sky Is Not The Limit

Colonel Chris Hadfield’s career has been truly out of this world.

From his beginnings as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Hadfield became an engineer, fighter pilot, and test pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, the US Air Force, and the US Navy, before being selected as a Canadian astronaut.

After being posted by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Hadfield held an array of impressive positions, including acting as the Chief CAPCOM in Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center for 25 Shuttle flights; being the Director of Operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia; and working as the Chief of Robotics and the Chief of International Space Station Operations for the NASA Astronaut Office.

Hadfield flew twice on the Space Shuttle, helping to build two different space stations through pioneering means of robotics and spacewalking. In 2010, he served as the commander of the NEEMO 14 mission, spending two weeks on the sea floor aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory.

Also in 2010, NASA announced Hadfield would become the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, leading Expedition 35 after its launch from Kazakhstan in December, 2012. Hadfield was in orbit aboard the ISS for five months before returning to Earth in May, 2013.

In his passionate and illuminating talks, Hadfield imparts the useful and practical lessons he’s learned throughout his remarkable career in the fields of leadership, teamwork, collaboration, science and technology, and motivates audiences to achieve dreams higher than the clouds.

 

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