Chris Hadfield

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Chris Hadfield
CSA Astronaut
Nationality Canadian
Status Retired
Born (1959-08-29) August 29, 1959 (age 58)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Other occupation Test pilot
Rank Commander, CSA & NASA
Colonel, RCAF fighter pilot (retired)
Time in space 166 days
Selection 1992 CSA Group
Total EVAs 2
Total EVA time 14 hours 53 minutes and 38 seconds
Missions STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, Expedition 34/35
Mission insignia Sts-74-patch.png STS-100 patch.svg Soyuz-TMA-07M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 34 Patch.png ISS Expedition 35 Patch.svg

Chris Austin Hadfield, OOnt CD, (born August 29, 1959) is a Canadian retired astronaut. He was the first Canadian to walk in space. He has flown on two space shuttle missions and has also served as commander of the International Space Station which made him the first Canadian to serve as commander of the International Space Station when he lead Expedition 35 after launch on 19 December 2012.[1] He was previously a Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot.[2]

Forbes described Hadfield as "perhaps the most social media savvy astronaut ever to leave Earth" with an audience all over the internet including over 1,000,000 Twitter followers,[3] over 600,000 Facebook fans,[4] one of the top Reddit AmA threads of all time[5] and a popular Tumblr blog.[6]

Hadfield wrote a memoir title An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and published it in 2013.[7] The book became a New York Times bestseller[8] and was the bestselling book in Canada on a Canadian subject.[9]

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