National Treasure #72: Chris Hadfield

John Glenn died last week, prompting me to reflect on Canada’s contributions to space exploration. John was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, so today is for Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space.

He’s a guy with a charming public persona. Here’s this from his site.

A moustache can tell you a lot about a man. When properly administered, it can say, “this man has commanded spacecraft”, “this man escorted Soviet bombers out of Canadian airspace”, or “this man lived in a research vessel at the bottom of the ocean.” These can be tall orders to live up to ““ having a moustache is a big responsibility.

Col. Chris Hadfield has spent a lifetime living up to that responsibility.

There’s his writing.

There’s his photography.

There’s his YouTube Channel, “It’s not Rocket Science.”

Chris Hadfield, Renaissance-Canadian-in-space.


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