“Through his many achievements in Space, his dedication to perfection and his many firsts as a Canadian in Space, he inspires young Canadians and brings honour and recognition to Canada and its Space Agency.”
Chris Austin Hadfield joined the Canadian Armed Forces in May 1978, attending the Royal Military College, Kingston. Following graduation, Hadfield began training as a pilot in the Canadian Forces and eventually would fly the CF-18 Hornet for NORAD and hold other positions within the armed forces. In 1992, Hadfield was selected to join the Canadian Space Program and for nearly 25 missions was the Chief CAPCOM of NASA. His first shuttle mission would come in 1995 aboard STS-74.
In 2001, Hadfield would return to space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour to install Canadarm 2 aboard the International Space Station. This mission would mark the first time a Canadian was to leave the orbital vehicle and float freely. Hadfield retired from the Canadian Air Force in 2003 after 25 years of military service and is currently a civilian Canadian Space Agency astronaut.
Born: 29 Aug 1959, Sarnia, ON
Awards: MSC, CD