Chris Hadfield

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Christopher Austin "Chris" Hadfield, O.Ont, MSC, CD (born 29 August 1959) is a Canadian astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) who was the first Canadian to walk in space. Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions, STS-74 in 1995 and STS-100 in 2001. He has served as CAPCOM for both Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) expeditions. He is currently training for a long duration stay onboard the ISS, which will include command of Expedition 35 in 2012–13. He will be the first Canadian to command the ISS.[1]

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Personal life

Chris Hadfield was born in Sarnia, Ontario. His parents are Roger and Eleanor Hadfield who currently reside in Milton, Ontario. Hadfield was raised on a corn farm in southern Ontario and became interested in flying at a young age. Hadfield is married to Helene Hadfield; they have three adult children together..

Education

Chris graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Milton District High School in 1978. After graduating from high school he went on to earn a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (with honours) from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1982. Hadfield conducted post-graduate research at the University of Waterloo, Ontario in 1982, and received a Master of Science in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee in 1993.

Special honors and affiliations

Chris Hadfield is the recipient of numerous awards and special honors. These include the 1988 Liethen-Tittle Award (top pilot graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School) and U.S. Navy Test Pilot of the Year (1991). He received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the Royal Military College (1996). Hadfield is a member of the Order of Ontario (1996). He also received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Trent University (1999). Chris has also received Vanier Award (2001), Meritorious Service Cross (2001), NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2002) and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2003). He was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (2005) and Commemorated on Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins for his spacewalk to install Canadarm2 on the International Space Station (2006).

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