Receiving the glider scholarship award in 1975. #tbt
This week at the 2015 Pan Am Games torchbearer ceremony. #toronto
Piloting my first spaceship in 1964. #tbt
'The King Lives' (cropped due to size) was sent to me by Lynn Hilborn, one of Canada's foremost astrophotographers. No surprise to see The King among the stars. #space #astronomy #ontario

Did You Know?

  • Before an event both were attending, Chris spent hours practicing his songs on the remote possibility Elton John might invite him on stage
  • Chris brought a collapsible guitar to the Mir space station in 1995
  • In September 2013, Chris participated in We Day Toronto, along with Imagine Dragons, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers
  • By the time Chris was selected in 1992 he'd been focused on becoming an astronaut for 24 years
  • His first publicly noted achievement came at age 15, as an Air Cadet, when he won a glider-pilot scholarship
  • On January 18, 2014, Chris sang the Canadian national anthem before a Habs vs. Leafs game at the Air Canada Centre
  • He joined the Armed Forces at age 19
  • He's traveled around the world more than 2,600 times
  • Chris and Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) collaborated on the first song that ever premiered in space, called “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)”
  • The “Space Oddity” video, posted on YouTube, has garnered over 23 million views
  • Chris has his own Air Cadet squadron named after him
  • He's the only Canadian to ever board the Russian space station Mir
  • Chris hosted the first-ever Reddit AMA (ask me anything) from space
  • Chris Hadfield played a Larrivee Parlor guitar while recording “Space Oddity” on the ISS
  • Stan Rogers’ song "Take It From Day to Day” is Chris’ top song choice
  • He learned to drive a tractor before he was old enough to drive a car
  • Chris started listening to Rush in high school, drawn to the band’s ‘incredible originality and dissatisfaction with normal’
  • Present at the film's premiere, Chris was invited on stage to meet the starring cast and director of Gravity
  • Chris – and his 2001 spacewalk – are featured on Canada's $5 bill
  • He's afraid of heights
  • Chris's first job was as a ski instructor
  • He was Canada's first spacewalker
  • He's gone completely blind during a spacewalk
  • He was raised on a corn farm
  • Music’s always been part of Hadfield’s life, from listening to his mom play piano, to being influenced by Stan Rogers
  • He decided to become an astronaut at age 9
  • The biggest technical challenge of recording music in space is the constant noise from the ISS’s equipment
  • Before recording “Space Oddity”, Chris asked his son Evan to rewrite the lyrics to exclude the astronaut dying
  • To enter his astronaut class Chris was one of four chosen from a pool of 5,330 applicants
  • He was the first Canadian to operate the iconic Canadarm2 while in space
  • He's married to his high school sweetheart, Helene
  • He's qualified to pilot 'DeepWorker', a one-man submarine
  • At one point Chris was Commander of NEEMO-14 – NASA's underwater laboratory
  • Hadfield filmed the first music video ever made in space: his version of David Bowie's “Space Oddity”
  • His favourite hockey team is the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • His newest song, “In Canada”, composed by his brother Dave, features both siblings on guitar and vocals
  • He is the only Canadian to ever command the ISS
  • Chris played “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, in Star City, Russia, inside the new wooden Orthodox cathedral
  • Besides French and English, he is completely fluent in Russian
  • His 2001 space flight (STS-100) Chris helped build the ISS, which he would later command
  • While commanding the ISS in 2013, Chris surprised his crew with an egg hunt on Easter morning
  • One of Chris’ favourite songs is “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
  • To board the Russian space station Mir in 1995 Chris needed to use a Swiss Army knife to help open the hatch

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