Colonel Chris Hadfield
First Canadian Commander of The International Space Station
Colonel Chris Hadfield has been referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong.” He is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s Space Oddity—seen by more than 75 million people—was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created” by Bowie himself. Acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the moon, Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.
Hadfield has flown three space missions, built two space stations, performed two spacewalks, and crewed the Shuttle and the Soyuz. In 2013, he became the commander of the International Space Station for six months off planet.
Formerly NASA’s director of operations, Hadfield is a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot whose many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named Top Test Pilot in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy, and he’s been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
An internationally bestselling author, Hadfield has written three books: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, and his children’s book, The Darkest Dark. In 2021, he will release his new book, The Apollo Murders, a thriller set in space. He’s also released a musical album, Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can and is featured on Ted.com for his talk What I Learned from Going Blind in Space, which has been viewed more than 11 million times.
Hadfield is the co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? as well as the co-host, with actor Will Smith, of National Geographic’s One Strange Rock, directed by Darren Aronofsky. He also produces the celebrated Rare Earth series on YouTube and is the creator of the on-stage celebration Generator, which combines science, comedy, and music.
Additionally, Hadfield is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, an adviser to SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, and chair of the board of the Open Lunar Foundation.