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Chris Hadfield
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Astronaut
    (29, 1959- )
    Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    ‘First Canadian to walk in space’
    Order of Ontario (1996)
    Meritorious Service Cross (military, 2001 and civilian, 2013)
    Commander, Canadian Space Agency and NASA (Director of Operations, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, 2001–2003)
    Colonel and fighter pilot in Royal Canadian Air Force (retired 2003)
    2005 Aviation Hall of Fame inductee
    He was raised on a corn farm.
    His first space flight, aboard STS-74, was November 1995 — more than a decade after fellow Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau.
    At the time of his announced retirement in the spring of 2013, he had logged almost 15 hours in space (Garneau had 45 times that).
    The o.canada.com website links to a Twitter parody called ‘Hadfield at Home: Meet Chris Hadfield’s boring doppelganger.’
    Imagine Jack Layton in the cosmos — especially from a musical standpoint.
    Since his father was an RCAF pilot, he came by his love of the military honestly.
    His inspiration for becoming an astronaut? Watching the Apollo moon landing about a week before his 10th birthday.
    The Sarnia city airport was renamed in his honor (Sarnia Chris Hadfield, 1997).
    Forbes magazine called him ‘perhaps the most social media savvy astronaut ever to leave Earth’ — including more than a million Twitter followers (@Cmdr_Hadfield)!
    Fortunately, he went on to raise two very Web-savvy boys (and their baby sister)!

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