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    Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield helps debunk (and confirm!) some common myths about space. Is there any sound in space? Does space smell like burnt steak? Is NASA working on warp speed?

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  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield Answers the Webs Most Searched Questions | WIRED

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    Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield answers the internet's most searched questions about himself. What inspired Chris Hadfield to become an astronaut? What did Chris Hadfield learn in space? What awards has he won? What's his IQ? Chris answers all these questions and much, much more!

    If you’re interested in learning more about Chris Hadfield his first book, New York Times bestseller 'An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth' has been translated into 25 different languages. And if your children are interested, Chris's second book, 'The Darkest Dark,' is a New York Times bestselling children's book. His website is

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  • Astronauts Answer 50 of the Most Googled Space Questions | WIRED

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    NASA astronauts and One Strange Rock contributors Jeffrey Hoffman, Chris Hadfield, Jerry Linenger, Leland Melvin, Mae C. Jemison, Mike Massimino and Nicole Stott answer 50 of the most Googled questions about space. Does space ever end? Can birds fly in space? How much money do astronauts make??

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  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield on 13 Moments That Changed His Life | WIRED

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    Astronaut Chris Hadfield reflects on 13 important moments from his life and career, from learning to fly to being blinded temporarily in space to recording his famous cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

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  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks Space Myths

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    Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield helps debunk (and confirm!) some common myths about space. Is there any sound in space? Does space smell like burnt steak? Is NASA working on warp speed?

    ONE STRANGE ROCK airs Mondays at 10/9c on National Geographic.

  • Chris Hadfield Returns to Earth

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    2013-05-14 - After five months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield and his Expedition 34/35 crewmates Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko made a successful undocking from the ISS and a triumphant return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft.

    Landing in Kazakhstan at 10:31 pm EDT, Hadfield would emerge from the Soyuz in good health, helped by the local ground crew. Hadfield became the first Canadian Commander of the ISS during Expedition 35, performed over 130 science experiments, and was at the center of an impressive social media campaign that captured the attention and support of people from around the world.

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  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Chef Traci Des Jardins Make a Space Burrito

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    Keeping in mind the challenge of mixing food ingredients in micro-gravity, chef Traci Des Jardins concocts a recipe for spicing up astronaut Chris Hadfield's meals on board the International Space Station. Commander Hadfield also shares with Jamie and Adam the foods he misses most after spending six months in space.

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  • What does space smell like? Astronaut Chris Hadfield answers your questions

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    Astronaut Chris Hadfield became a celebrity when he covered Space Oddity on the International Space Station. The video went viral with more than 18 million views. He sat down with Miles O'Brien to answer your burning questions from Twitter.

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    Chris Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Chris Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station.

    Chris, who was raised on a farm in southern Ontario, was inspired as a child when he watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing on TV. He attended high school in Oakville and Milton and earned his glider pilot licence as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces and earned an engineering degree at Royal Military College. While in the military he learned to fly various types of aircraft and eventually became a test pilot and flew several experimental planes. As part of an exchange program with the United States Navy and United States Air Force, he obtained a master's degree in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

    In 1992, he was accepted into the Canadian astronaut program by the Canadian Space Agency. He first flew in space aboard STS-74 in November 1995 as a mission specialist. During the mission he visited the Russian space station Mir. In April 2001 he flew again on STS-100 and visited the International Space Station (ISS), where he walked in space and helped to install the Canadarm2. In December 2012 he flew for a third time aboard Soyuz TMA-07M and joined Expedition 34 on the ISS. He was a member of this expedition until March 2013 when he became the commander of the ISS as part of Expedition 35. He was responsible for a crew of five astronauts and helped to run dozens of scientific experiments dealing with the impact of low gravity on human biology. During the mission he also gained popularity by chronicling life aboard the space station and taking pictures of the earth and posting them through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr to a large following of people around the world. He was a guest on television news and talk shows and gained popularity by playing the International Space Station's guitar in space. His mission ended in May 2013 when he returned to earth. Shortly after returning, he announced his retirement, capping a 35-year career as a military pilot and an astronaut.

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  • Chris Hadfield answers questions live from space with the Governor General of Canada

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    2013-01-30 - On January 30, 2013, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield took part in a live space to Earth connection with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and some 250 grade 5 and 6 students from the National Capital Region gathered at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. Hadfield answered student questions and also demonstrated how he washes his hands in space while floating aboard the International Space Station 380 kn above the Earth.

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  • Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space

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    2013-03-31 - Canadian astronaut and Commander of Expedition 35 answers a question about how astronauts brush their teeth in space. You might be surprised by what he reveals!

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  • What I learned from going blind in space | Chris Hadfield

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    There's an astronaut saying: In space, there is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse. So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider's web. Watch for a special space-y performance.

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  • Astronaut Answers Space Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED

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    Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly uses the power of Twitter to answer some common questions about astronauts. How fast is the international space station? Can you see the eclipse from space?

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  • NASA Astronauts Answer The Webs Most Searched Questions | WIRED

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    NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are currently living on board the International Space station and answer the internet’s most searched questions in the latest installment of WIRED’s Autocomplete Interview.

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  • Former NASA Astronaut Explains How Food Is Different in Space | WIRED

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    What's different about food in space? Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino breaks down all the differences between eating on Earth and eating in space. Is astronaut ice cream REALLY a thing? Who decides what food is brought to space? Can you eat burgers in space? Why do astronauts use tortillas instead of bread?

    Mike Massimino is a former NASA astronaut, senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Museum, and professor at Columbia University.

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  • Chris Hadfields Life Advice Will Leave You SPEECHLESS - One of the Most Eye Opening Speeches

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    Col. Chris Hadfield, the mustachioed Canadian Astronaut and Commander of the International Space Station, gives one of the most eye opening interviews you will ever hear.
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    Every single thing that you learn really just gives you more comfort. It's something I counsel kids all the time: if someone is willing to teach you something for free, take them up on it. Do it. Every single time. All it does is make you more likely to be able to succeed. And it's kind of a nice way to go through life.
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  • How To Brush Your Teeth In Space | Video

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    ISS commander Chris Hadfield explains how astronauts maintains oral hygiene aboard the International Space Station. -- Life in Space: Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Video Guide:

  • You Are Here: Astronaut Chris Hadfield shares images of Earth

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    Hadfield is one of the most accomplished astronauts in history and his new book, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, reveals a visually stunning tour of Earth from his adventures aboard the International Space Station. He joins CBS This Morning to discuss his breathtaking photos.

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    To the average person, there appears to be a growing number of people who believe — somehow — that the world is actually flat and that we are all being lied to by world governments. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has actually been to space and has seen that the world is round, but is unphased by these so-called flat-earthers. He flatly (pun intended) denies a global conspiracy, and says that perhaps the best way to deal with such willful ignorance is just to ignore it. After all, he posits, if you wrestle with a pig, the best you can be is a pig wrestler. It's folky wisdom like that which puts Chris into another stratosphere of intelligence. Chris Hadfield is the author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
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    “Good morning, Earth.” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living aboard the International Space Station for over five months. Since blasting off from Kazakhstan in December 2012, Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into the collective consciousness not felt since man first walked on the moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong” by the BBC, Hadfield, now safely back on Earth, continues to bring the glory of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

    Hadfield is the pioneer of many firsts. In 1992, he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist – Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crewmember. Three years later, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build the Russian space station ‘Mir’. In 2001, he performed two spacewalks - the first Canadian to do so - and in 2010 the CSA and NASA announced Hadfield’s third mission: commanding the International Space Station (ISS)—again a first for a Canadian.

    Hadfield launched into space on December 19, 2012 and took command of the ISS in March. His multiple daily Tweets and photographs from space made people see the world differently. His accessibility, whether answering questions such as, “How do you wring out a washcloth in space,” via Skype or collaborating with The Barenaked Ladies for a song sung by nearly a million people simultaneously, endeared him to all while he orbited Earth.

    A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Ontario, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He is also commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins, and on Canada’s new 5 dollar bill.
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    Chris Hadfield: When the very first balloon was launched that could carry people it was in Paris in the late 1700s and it was Montgolfier the brothers, they had hydrogen balloons and hot air balloons and it was the cutting edge of science. It was the cutting edge of technology. We just learned how to capture a gas like hydrogen that would be lighter than air as you could take a balloon and the first balloon rose and Ben Franklin was there and it was huge and magnificent, all of those scientists. And it rose but it got out of control and it went and landed out in the countryside 15 miles away from Paris and the peasants there attacked it with pitchforks because they thought it was an alien coming from space. The schism between learned understanding and scientific pursuit and the common perception of what was normal was that close just 15 miles away. It was an enormous gap between what we knew and what we were doing and what a lot of folks knew yet or what had become part of common knowledge. So there's nothing new about the speed with which we're inventing things and the ability for people to understand what's going on. There's a recent populous sort of wave of anti-science as if that's something new. It's mostly because social media has given everybody what appears to be an equal voice. On the corner of Hyde Park in London there's Speakers Corner and that used to be the Internet where yo...

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  • Former NASA Astronaut Explains How Sleep Is Different in Space | WIRED

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    What's different about sleeping in space? Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino breaks down all the differences between sleeping on Earth and sleeping in space. Is there a difference between sleeping upside down and sleeping right-side up? Do you get your own bedroom? What kind of alarm clock does an astronaut use?

    Mike Massimino is a former NASA astronaut, senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Museum, and professor at Columbia University.

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  • Former NASA Astronaut Explains How Hygiene Is Different in Space | WIRED

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    What's different about hygiene in space? Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino breaks down all the differences between using the bathroom, washing your hair, and brushing your teeth on Earth and in space. How do you take showers in space? Do you get a private bathroom on the International Space Station? Can you bring your own toothbrush into space?

    Mike Massimino is a former NASA astronaut, senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Museum, and professor at Columbia University.

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  • How To Make A Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich In Space | Video

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    Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (of How to Wash Your Hands In Space fame), now shows the world how to make the tasty sandwich in microgravity from the galley of the International Space Station. -- Life in Space: Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Video Guide:

  • Chris Hadfield on how eyesight is affected in space

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    2013-04-09 - To better understand how vision is impacted in the space environment, astronauts use onboard medical instruments like the tonometer to examine the health of eyes. Commander Chris Hadfield gives us an inside look at these instruments and demonstrates how they work.

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  • Getting Sick in Space

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    Astronaut Chris Hadfield demonstrates how to contain vomit in space.

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    CONAN Highlight: Chris thought Gravity captured space visuals perfectly, but Sandra was missing her big girl diapers.

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  • Sleeping in Space

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    2013-04-12 - It's bedtime on the ISS. CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us how astronauts sleep in space.

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  • Astronaut Nicole Stott Answers Space Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED

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    Astronaut Nicole Stott, director of the Space for Art Foundation, uses the power of Twitter to answer common questions about space. Is there an age limit for space travel? What do you do if you get sick in space? How often does the ISS get additional supplies? What happens when a ship blows up in space? Nicole answers all these space questions and more!

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  • Former NASA Astronaut Explains How Workouts Are Different in Space | WIRED

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    What's different about our health in space? Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino breaks down all the differences between how we take care of ourselves on Earth and in space. What happens to your body if you don't work out? What do you do if you need to vomit? What happens to your bones when you get back to Earth?

    Mike Massimino is a former NASA astronaut, senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Museum, and professor at Columbia University.

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  • How To Barf, Puke, Vomit In Space | Video

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    How do you upchuck if there is no up or down? ISS commander Chris Hadfield explains what astronauts do if they have to vomit. -- Life in Space: Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Video Guide:

  • Chris Kitchen: Dessert in Space

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    2013-04-29 - Commander Chris Hadfield shares an astronaut's dessert with us. On the menu is floating chocolate pudding cake and coffee—served extra hot!

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  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield Ejected Dirty Underwear Into Space

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    There's no laundromat in space, so the International Space Station's residents fling laundry into space to burn up in re-entry. More CONAN @

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  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Chef David Chang Test Gourmet Space Food

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    Jamie and Adam chat with astronaut Chris Hadfield about the limitations of food preparation on board the International Space Station. While astronauts can't really cook their own meals, Jamie and Adam challenge celebrated chef David Chang with the task of devising a recipe that Commander Hadfield can test...in space!


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  • Can You Cry In Space?

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    ISS commander Chris Hadfield demonstrates what happens to tears if they start 'falling' in Space. -- Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Amazing Photos of Earth From Space:

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  • CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield in the NBL - Part 2

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    2011-03-16 - CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield prepares for a dip in the pool of NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab. Before taking the plunge, Chris shares some insights about his spacewalking suit.

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  • Chris Hadfield on space and climate change

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    The first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, Chris Hadfield, has made his name bringing the wonders of space and views of earth to the rest of humanity on the ground.

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    So you want to be starman? You're going to need a few things along the way. Three things to be precise, according to astronaut Chris Hadfield. Good health (because there are no hospitals in space), the ability to learn complicated things (because it actually is rocket science), and the ability to make good decisions under pressure (because the stakes are pretty high in outer space). It's essential to always remain a student if you're an astronaut (in training), because science and technology advance at a very fast rate, and you've got to keep up because plenty of other people want to be astronauts too.

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    “Good morning, Earth.” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living aboard the International Space Station for over five months. Since blasting off from Kazakhstan in December 2012, Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into the collective consciousness not felt since man first walked on the moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong” by the BBC, Hadfield, now safely back on Earth, continues to bring the glory of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.







    Hadfield is the pioneer of many firsts. In 1992, he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist – Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crewmember. Three years later, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build the Russian space station ‘Mir’. In 2001, he performed two spacewalks - the first Canadian to do so - and in 2010 the CSA and NASA announced Hadfield’s third mission: commanding the International Space Station (ISS)—again a first for a Canadian.







    Hadfield launched into space on December 19, 2012 and took command of the ISS in March. His multiple daily Tweets and photographs from space made people see the world differently. His accessibility, whether answering questions such as, “How do you wring out a washcloth in space,” via Skype or collaborating with The Barenaked Ladies for a song sung by nearly a million people simultaneously, endeared him to all while he orbited Earth.


     


    A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Ontario, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He is also commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins, and on Canada’s new 5 dollar bill.

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    Chris Hadfield: If you want to be an astronaut there are three main things that are important: number one is simple, just physical. How healthy is your body?


    If you’re going to get on a spaceship and leave earth then it’s really difficult to go see a doctor or to get to a hospital, and so we need people to be healthy. Part of that is just a roll of the dice. What sort of make up is your body? Are you a person with a problem you were born with? If so then maybe you’re not going to be an astronaut. Maybe you’re not going to be in the NBA, maybe you’re not going to be whatever, you are who you are.


    But given that you have a certain body you can do a few things obviously: think about what you eat. You get a choice every time you put something in your mouth, so eat food that’s good for you. And then exercise a little bit. Take the stairs. Don’t drag your bad carry your bag. Walk. Climb. Go for a run. Do something every day a little bit physical. It doesn’t take much, but if you’re careful about what you eat and you do a couple physical things every day, then you’re taking care of your body. That’s step one.


    Number two is: flying spaceships is complicated, it’s technical, and so if NASA is saying “who are we going to pick to be an astronaut?” you want to pick someone who has proven their ability to learn complicated things. You don’t want to pick someone “what, you don’t know how to learn this?”


    But if you pick someone that has a doctorate in astrophysics and also repairs their 1955 Thunderbird in their own garage, this is a person that knows how to do technical things. They can learn comple...

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    Hadfield launched into space on December 19, 2012 and took command of the ISS in March. His multiple daily Tweets and photographs from space made people see the world differently. His accessibility, whether answering questions such as, “How do you wring out a washcloth in space,” via Skype or collaborating with The Barenaked Ladies for a song sung by nearly a million people simultaneously, endeared him to all while he orbited Earth.

    A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Ontario, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He is also commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins, and on Canada’s new 5 dollar bill.
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    Chris Hadfield: Life on board a spaceship is so busy. People just don’t know. Mission Control schedules your time, there’s this line moving across your computer screen that shows what you’re doing every five minutes for your entire six months on a spaceship.

    So it is a dictated and controlled environment up there, and nowhere does it ever say, “Go look out the window.” But you just can’t help yourself. Every time you get ahead of that line, if you give yourself an extra three or four minutes you float through the station on the handrails, you pull yourself down into the cupola window, and you take another look at the world.

    And it is so many things all at once. It’s beautiful—it’s just raw, constantly changing beauty pouring by and around you.

    It’s instructional: You learn so much about the world. You see how everything actually fits together, and the history of it, and the geology and the geography of it.

    But it’s also a feeling of great privilege, of like awe, of like you’ve just walked into the most magnificent art gallery on earth, or into the Sistine Chapel, or into a rain forest or somewhere where suddenly you’re just overwhelmed with the place that you are. It’s an amazing stolen moment, and I stole as many of those as I could.

    As astronauts we train more than anybody knows. I had photographers train me. I got qualified to not just use a 35 mm digital camera but Hasselblad cameras with 70 mm film and Aeroflex cameras—and I became an IMAX cameraman and helped make two IMAX movies—and Linhof cameras and the whole gamut of complex photography. With all of those photographers talking about not just portraiture and not just inside, but how to take a good picture of the world and what parts of the world we haven’t seen yet. Some places have a lot of cloud cover, and maybe one day you’ll get a great picture of the Panama Canal or a part of the Amazon that’s never been photographed because it’s always so cloudy.

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