Chris Hadfield And The ISS

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and The ISS

Why Is Chris Hadfield Important?

Can you imagine floating in orbit around the earth with 3 other people that speak different languages, and are from different nationalities and cultures? This is What Chris Hadfield felt when he left for the ISS (international space station) in December 2012. Chris was a capsule commander for the ISS, until he left back to earth on March 15. Chris Hadfield is a Canadian Astronaut that has served for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and has been the first Canadian to walk on the moon.

How Did Chris Become an Astronaut, and what has he accomplished as one?

Chris Hadfield was born in Sarnia Ontario, and became extremely interested with flying at a young age. After seeing the Apollo moon landing on TV, he decided he wanted to become an astronaut. After Chris graduated from high school he joined the Canadian armed forces. Chris went on to graduate from jet training. After completing his jet training, Hadfield flew CF-18 hornets with the 435 tactical fighter squadron (source). In June 1992 Hadfield became one of the four Canadian astronauts from a field of 5000+ applicants. Three of those four including Hadfield flew into space. He was then assigned to the Canadian Space agency where he addressed technical and safety issues for shuttle operations development. Hadfield has served pm the space missions STS-74, and most recently STS-100 to the International space station.

PIctures of The ISS

The International Space Station

The international space station is a habitable satellite that orbits earth. The space station was launched in 1988. The ISS is arguably the most expensive satellite to be constructed (source). Chris left earth on December 19th 2012 to serve as the capsule communicator for the station. A capsule communicator’s job is to communicate with the crew of a space flight. Chris Hadfield was sent to the International Space station to install and activate the Canada Arm and to create a new airlock for the station. The ISS was launched to record the long term effects of space on the human body.

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